Letter | Kevin Morris

Do you feel that our profit-driven, fast-paced, dotcom networking culture is missing something? The value of community work is constantly being ignored, and it’s costing everyone. Our culture has pushed us to focus on getting the most out of every minute and to become centered on economic value. While this is a great attribute to have in the business world, it just doesn’t work to our advantage in our communities. When we become connected in our communities, we care more about what’s going on.

Recently, I spent time volunteering with the Virginia Organizing Project. They are a nonpartisan community organizing group that challenges injustices by giving people the power to address issues that affect their lives such as health care. The work I did with the organization was gratifying and helped me feel more connected to my community.

However, you don’t have to target political issues to get connected with your community. There are countless ways to organize your neighbors for the good of the community. Help coach a youth sports team, organize a clean-up of a local park or river bank, or reach out to current organizations as a volunteer. Community organizations are always looking for more volunteers. And you will likely feel more confident and aware just knowing that you have done your part for our communities.

 

– Letter from Kevin Morris, Fredericksburg

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