Note from the Chair: finding inspiration in collective goodwill

In the last few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot at the Community Foundation about what it means to be civically engaged. Building on findings from our latest TRENDS Report, we’ve been sharing stories and data on our blog and on social media about countywide civic participation and giving. 

We’ve talked about stepping up on behalf of immigrants and refugees at a particularly perilous time for these populations; we’ve talked about local elected leadership, and that we need to help ensure greater racial and ethnic diversity, also on advisory boards and commissions; we’ve highlighted the over-and-beyond efforts of committed community leaders like Denice Walker; and we’ve explored the reasons people give … and why we don’t give enough
While there’s plenty of work to be done – from increasing our notably low giving ratio, to affording racial minorities representation in our community, and being more open and supportive of our growing number of seniors – I’m also struck by the many people in our community who lend a ready hand to friends and neighbors in need. 
People who care. People who are willing to get involved, and put others first. 
The way I see it, one of our greatest strengths as a community is our high degree of resident engagement. In TRENDS, I was impressed to see that more than half of us are working together to make our neighborhoods more livable; volunteering to help those who have fallen on hard times; and putting their hearts, hands, and feet toward efforts that build up community resiliency:
That’s why – on the heels of Thanksgiving and as giving season approaches – I’m grateful for, and inspired by the energy, passion, and compassion that I see in our community every day. And I’m hopeful that we’ll translate such goodwill into more giving.