What Is the Meaning of Community Resources?

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A community resource is anything that has the potential to improve the quality of life in a community, according to the Community Tool Box from the University of Kansas. Potential community resources include organizations, places, services, businesses and individuals.

Traditional community resources start with organizations that focus on helping people, such as support groups and poverty outreach groups, but the definition of community resources is much broader. It includes public services, such as libraries and post offices; gathering places, such as community centers and churches; and businesses that serve the community by providing jobs and easy access to necessary products. Individuals who work to improve community life by helping others, cleaning up the community or organizing informal community activities are also community resources.