Cultural centers are becoming more popular around the world, as technology like the internet makes the world feel more connected. More and more people are becoming interested in other cultures in addition to wanting to share their own. Cultural centers are a prime way to bring communities together in their learning, which makes it more enjoyable and often times, even more helpful! Read on for a few ways these centers can benefit your community.
Cultural centers often hold classes and cultural events, which bring numerous volunteer opportunities. Volunteering opportunities can bring people closer, make them feel good, and for younger kids, they can look great on applications. This can also be a great way to help a center out if you can’t donate money or goods. On average, households gave about $2,974 to charity in 2014, according to The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. In addition, total giving rose in 2014, for the fifth year in a row according to Giving USA. In some cases, though, your time is an even better donation!
Asian Americans account for about 5.8% of the entire American population, Pew Research Center reports. With 18 million people with Asian cultural heritage, it should follow that many people would want to learn about Asian customs and Asian traditions. That is the primary purpose of a cultural center: to teach the community about a culture through the use of events, festivals, and workshops. The entire community is better for it.
Sense of Community
These centers are a great way to understand others within your community. Knowledge is absolutely power, and it will bring community members together in a fun and constructive environment, which not many other things can do. These centers provide a unique experience, and a way to step outside of your comfort zone!
Do you have a cultural center in your community? Have you seen any of these benefits?