How Do We Contribute to Our Community?

In light of recent events, such as devastating hurricanes, social unrest, political divisiveness and a mass shooting incident, I’ve been thinking about  community and what it really means.

There are multiple interpretations of the word community. The Business Dictionary defines it as a:

  1. Self-organized network of people with common agenda, cause, or interest, who collaborate by sharing ideas, information, and other resources.
  2. Cluster of common interests that arise from association.

At a time where the country seems to be at odds, how do we come together as a community to bring order, peace and assistance to those in need?

One solution could be recommitting to a community value system. Values have major influence on a person’s behavior and attitude and serve as broad guidelines in our lives.

We’ve witnessed examples of great deeds, where groups or individuals have come to the aid of others suffering from tragedies. I’d like to think that each of us can contribute to the overall good of our communities. There is a higher purpose when we can see beyond our own immediate needs to help others.

In the coming months, I hope we will use these incidents of terror and devastation to find ways that we can contribute, share ideas and build a community value system that honors and defends non-negotiable core principles that recognize all individuals and bring us together. I’ve created a list of things that I can do and I hope you will create your list, too.

How I’m Committing to Serving My Community:

  • Making donations and encourage others to donate resources, food and supplies to hurricane victims.
  • Donating time to a charitable organization that helps in disaster relief or community programs.
  • Becoming proactive to support legislative change.
  • Looking for common ideas and shared values—encouraging people to see what brings us together, rather than what divides us.

Cindy is an Account Executive at MJM.
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