One of the many things that sets us apart from other small and medium-sized cities throughout the nation is the level of community engagement you'll find here. Carson City organizations and other groups are very plentiful and active, and they cover the full spectrum of causes and volunteer services. It might be that since Carson City serves as the seat of government for the state, residents' awareness of these groups and their need is heightened. Or perhaps it is the fact that Carson City retains the feeling of a small-town, tight-knit community despite its growth over the past decades. Whatever the reason, people here take pride in a high level of civic participation. All the large national organizations such as the Lions, Masons, Elks, Kiwanis, Rotary, Optimist and Soroptimist clubs have a presence in Carson City, and there are also 4-H clubs, scouting groups and other youth-oriented organizations. Friends in Service Helping, a group whose mission is to assist the area's homeless and hungry population, is a good example of the type of locally organized civic efforts that can be found in the Capital City. There are also Carson City organizations related to the arts, education and military service. The latter includes the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion groups.
Joining Carson City Community Organizations
Practically any local nonprofit group that works toward educational, charitable or social welfare goals falls within the category of Carson City community organizations, so the list of opportunities to participate in is a long one. Some groups do have membership requirements, such as the organizations for military veterans, while others are open to anyone who expresses an interest and is willing to devote time and energy. Check with the group for their specific policies and then feel free to jump right in. Also note that we have a separate section for Government groups such as towns with their various meetings.