Many aspects of community quality rely on individual commitments of time, money, and influence. Intervention in the community’s processes drives sustainability. Engagement opportunities range well beyond voting booths and include public hearings, media campaigns, church, and even protests on almost any issue related to economy, safety, health, social equity, education, environment, or land use.
Active participation in the arts can spur personal creativity, enrich our social lives, and enhance overall well-being as well as contribute to community prosperity. With the desire for vibrant arts and culture comes the need to support local events, affordable housing options, and arts programs in the schools.
Neighborliness is inherently a subjective, qualitative issue. Trust is built many different ways, all of which involve some level of personal commitment to relationships, whether organized within a neighborhood, business group or church, or informally through casual or virtual contact.