Tips for Connecting in your New Community.
One of the more significant challenges when moving to a new community is developing friendships - even in a very friendly city such as Milwaukee. Fortunately there are ways to engage in the community and meet the people who will become your friends. Following are some suggestions:
- If you have children, get active at their schools and enroll them in recreational programs. There's no question that having children makes it easier to meet people. Make sure you acquaint yourselves with the parents of your children's friends. Enroll your children in park and sports programs and meet those parents as well.
- Another place to meet people is at your place of worship. Volunteer to be an usher, a greeter or a reader. Or, you can get involved with a committee or event.
- Find people with common interests at work. Corporate wellness committees often have user groups that promote certain types of activities – such as biking, jogging, hiking, etc. These groups offer the opportunity to get to know like-minded people outside of a work setting.
- Volunteer. Organizations are always looking for help. Volunteermilwaukee.org is an excellent resource for finding an opportunity that interests you.
- Join a neighborhood group. Many communities, especially in the city of Milwaukee, have a community group that is actively involved with the local neighborhood. These present ideal opportunities to meet your neighbors and find out what is going on.
- Get involved in professional organizations. Almost every profession has a trade organization with a local chapter. And for young adults there is FUEL Milwaukee (fuel-milwaukee.org), a 7,000-member organization that is focused on engaging young people in the community.