The term community gets used a lot, so what do we mean when we say community? We use the term to refer to persons who work, share recreation or live in a given area. Why? Because this is one way that programs and policies are developed and administered and how resources are allocated.
We acknowledge, however, that people belong to multiple communities that extend beyond geographic boundaries — cultural, faith-based, professional, and gender communities for example — and those must be considered as you get to know the diversity of the wider community.
Why is understanding the community important?
Getting to know your community helps you to communicate with locals about issues with greater ease and confidence. It builds trust with community members who recognize you’ve done your homework and open doors to future collaborations.