Tag: volunteerism

What would make your community better? And what are you willing to do to get there?
2013.03.14 02:16:07

swine and steinThe community of Gardiner, where I have chosen to make my home and start my business has been awarded an Orton Family Foundation Grant. The process involves engaging the community in planning for our future. We decide what is the Heart and Soul of Gardiner then make sure we plan going forward with those ideals at the forefront. It is an exciting process but will only work for the community if people step up and get involved.


This Friday, several organizations and the city are holding a joint volunteer recognition event. This has me thinking about opportunities to get involved. What can people do in their communities so make their community the best it can be? The short answer is be engaged. There are already opportunities to get involved- join a city committee, volunteer for an organization, or go to a city council meeting. I know it is easier said than done but there are resources for finding out what is a good fit for you. In Gardiner, the links below can get you started- find out what the city committees do, check out organizations websites to see if they interest you, look at the city council agenda to see if there is anything you would like to know more about.


City of Gardiner

Gardiner Community Calendar

Gardiner Main Street

Johnson Hall

Boys and Girls Club


We are all (us humans) very good at identifying problems- “someone should really clean up the stream”, “Joe’s yard is a mess”, ”there is too much turnover in businesses in town”, “my street doesn’t get plowed enough”. All of those things and more might be true but there is something you can do about it. A city or town is no more than the sum of its community members. So when you identify a problem think about what you can do to make it better. Here in Gardiner it is obvious to me that we have an incredible community willing to work very hard to make Gardiner an amazing place to live. And we would love for more people to get involved!



Tags: community | volunteerism | gardiner main street | johnson hall | boys and girls club | city of gardiner

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