We need community now more than everJun 02, 2020 11:19AM ● By Beacon Senior News
Having lived most of my life in a military environment—first as a brat, then as a wife—community now takes on a different meaning.
At the heart of a healthy and thriving community are citizens who share more than just living in a particular area. A community has a familiar thread that binds us together and gives us a sense of belonging. Neighbors, family and friends form a collective that—for the most part—shares common values, goals and objectives that make us feel safe, happy and productive.
To perpetuate these feelings, a well-rounded community must incorporate programs that allow its citizens to become invested. These community members work diligently to expand opportunities for education, social and health services, and small businesses, which benefit residents and the community as a whole.
Nonprofit service organizations are also essential to this mission. They inspire citizens to get involved by volunteering, which lifts up the organization and everyone it serves. (According to Montrose Community Foundation Executive Director Sara Plumhoff, Montrose County is blessed to have over 200 registered nonprofit organizations, many of which are staffed primarily by volunteers.)
Invested citizens look out for one another. During colonial times, citizens patrolled the streets to help maintain social order and keep their community safe.
Today, watch group programs nationwide incorporate activities that not only address crime prevention but also restore pride and unity in neighborhoods.
Montrose County Neighborhood Watch has grown from an extra set of eyes and ears to a much more proactive community-oriented endeavor. Providing a unique infrastructure that brings together volunteers, local officials and law enforcement, Neighborhood Watch addresses a variety of concerns specific to neighborhoods. With over 250 members representing a multitude of neighborhoods in Montrose County, participation creates an environment where citizens are more observant and interested in keeping crime rates low.
When you're a caring citizen watching out for the well-being of your neighbor, you're doing your part in helping your community remain a safe and tranquil place to live and raise a family.
Never before have we experienced such a time of uncertainty as COVID-19 continues to threaten our communities. But standing united, we have become more resilient. This is a time to share, remember and reflect on why we choose to live here.
As a new senior resident to Montrose, I pledge to be a contributing member of this community. Can I count you in, too?