How Community Counts
The importance of being an active part of a community was recently highlighted by a tragic event in our town. An apartment building was set on fire and contaminated with hazardous materials. All residents of the 50+ suite apartment are now without a residence and
unable to access any of their possessions in the building. Fortunately for some, they have built up a network of friends and acquaintances that are able to lend some relief in this dire situation. One of our key volunteers, in particular, was involved. I am happy to say that an appeal to our other volunteers and supporters, past and present, on the behalf of this volunteer prompted an immediate response. Within 24 hours, hundreds of dollars were pledged and delivered, and their distress was well understood and generated a great deal of empathy. Naturally, the money is appreciated by the recipient for what it makes possible. But most importantly, the offer of support has had a psychological impact of far greater value. To know that you are valued by your community is the true gift. And each donor was making that gift explicit with their donation, no matter how modest or how generous. I have learned much from this rallying of the community around a treasured member. To be a true member of a community, one must only greet others with a smile and be ready to help at a level appropriate to your resources. The volunteer who suffered this setback has lost many material possessions, but gained so much goodwill and concern that I think will ultimately outweigh the impacts. To have a community is to be a strong person.
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