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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 02:00 PM
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What can YOU do to make your community a better place?
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I was out mowing my yard this morning before the rain came in (yet again) and I saw a mother out with her children, walking down the street. The kids were crying. When I could understand exactly what they were crying about it came down to one thing: they were hungry. There was no food in the house.

I recognized her as a neighbor and flagged her down, there was chitchat. I offered her some coffee and the kids some juice. Around that time my child woke up (8:30) and I inquired as to who was hungry. They all had pancakes and eggs for breakfast.

I found out from the mother that they were walking across town to the local food pantry to see if they could qualify for assistance. She asked if she could use the phone (hers was shut off), which I allowed. She called for a ride, the ride picked them up and they were on their way.

This got me to thinking about exactly what I could personally do to make my community a better place. Yes, I can call and write letters and even show up to public events hosted by my reps, which I do on a regular basis. I can write LTTE about poverty, about homelessness, about the state of the nation and my community. I have also done this but the question today is:

What can I do to make my community a better place? And what can others do to make it a better place?

I want ideas and not just for my community but for other communities all over the US. I want each of us to think about what little thing we could do that would be helpful in this moment, in the next week, the next month, even next fall. Could you grow a few extra tomato plants and donate them to the food pantry? Could you offer to teach a free class in preserving food or even in "extreme couponing", as a way to show people how to save more money? Can you volunteer to clean up a park this weekend or work at a local charity shop? Maybe you could buy some clothesline and clothespins at the local Dollar Tree and donate them to a pantry or a shelter, allowing a family to hang up a clothesline and maybe save some money on their laundry bill? (Our local food pantry has its volunteers put the extra items on a table and gives instruction to allow each family to take something.) Or maybe you could volunteer at a local nursing home to read or assist with activities?

I know this is a long post but what can you do to make things better? For a change of pace I want the politics left out of this. I want to know what little things we can all do to make our communities better. (And if there are lurkers out there reading this, please think about what you can do too. Political differences shouldn't always play a part in what you can do to make you community better! If someone has a good idea, no matter what party they affiliate with, shouldn't it be implemented?)
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