“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
One plastic cabinet, a little extra food, and a big heart are all it took for one local neighbor to give back to our community. A few month ago, a neighbor set up a cabinet and a food bank sign on the front lawn; one small gesture that has undoubtedly made a big impact for any struggling families in our neighborhood. No questions asked, if you need the food, you can take it.
It’s easy to forget that we are capable of making a difference, regardless of our circumstances. Giving back doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Use what you have, whether it’s your talents or your resources.
I can look at my own daughter for an example of how a small act can make a big difference. We were on a family hike when our 11-year-old told my husband and I that we should bring bags on our next hike to clean up the trash that people had left on the trail. I was astounded that she had noticed the bottles and cans, and was immensely proud that she cared enough to want to do something about it. She saw a problem and she found a way she could help. It is really this simple: we can all help in some way.
Retired NBA player Steve Nash (Go Suns! I’m a native Phoenician) has talked about the importance of community giving. “I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally—I believe that the measure of a person’s life is the affect they have on others.” He walks his talk and has created the Steve Nash Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to assisting underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life.
Actress and comedian Lily Tomlin once said, “I always wondered why somebody [didn’t] do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.”
The Neighborly Town team is dedicated to helping people become that “somebody”. We provide the inspiration and information and believe that by helping people around the country give back on a small scale, it can make a big difference. Imagine what would happen if more people gave food without question, set up local lending libraries, or picked up trash when they saw it. Neighbors helping neighbors, communities coming together when there is a need—impacting the world one neighborly town at a time.