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It takes a village: musings on community

In light of recent egregious events in Orlando, there seems to be a nationwide focus on banding together to support those affected by this horrific tragedy. This global sense of unity and strength recurrently presents itself in response to violence, famine, oppression, and natural disasters. We find ourselves resilient enough to rise above any constraints of class, race, belief system, sexual orientation, and other dividing factors to acknowledge the dignity and the humanity of each and every person as we mourn the many lives lost and forever altered. As one community, we work together to rebuild and to remember. We go forth with a renewed perspective on what is truly important in life, and attempt to live more wholesomely and love without reservation.

On a smaller scale, we see a rigorous unification of communities all the time. In Athens-Clarke County, we are so fortunate to have an expansive network of people and organizations fighting tirelessly to alleviate poverty, provide opportunities to make positive choices, and bring people together. Without community support and investment, these essential, humanity-verifying movements cannot gain traction or become sustainable in the long term. Thank you to all of the amazing people who are unafraid to get involved. Thank you for providing resources, transportation, finances, time, moral support, or even a good word. Each of us has the ability make this world a little bit better every day.