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Civic Engagement

voteWhile rarely easy, Civic Engagement can be exciting and empowering.  Civic engagement is at the heart of what it means to be an American citizen and includes everything from being an informed voter to volunteering in the community.  Civic engagement is a vital part of the curiosity and community driven life.

In the excellent book, Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times, author Paul Rogat Loeb writes,

…”The main distinction between those who participate fully in their communities and those who withdraw into private life doesn’t rest in the active citizens’ grasp of complex issues,civic engagement or their innate moral strength. Instead, those who get involved view their place in the world very differently. They have learned specific lessons about approaching social change: that they don’t need to wait for the perfect circumstances, the perfect cause, or the perfect level of knowledge to take a stand; that they can proceed step by step, so that they don’t get overwhelmed before they start. They savor the journey of engagement and draw strength from its challenges. Taking the long view, they come to trust that the fruits of their efforts will ripple outward, in ways they can rarely anticipate.”

Whatever your interests, whatever your goals, for yourself or for your family, you can and should be actively involved in your choices. There are lots of resources, online and off, to help guide your efforts. Most importantly, you don’t have to go it alone – there are others out there, just like you, with similar needs, interests and concerns. It’s just a matter of connecting with one another to have your voice be heard, your efforts felt, the world made a little better.

We provide these resources to help citizens understand issues free of “spin”,to be informed voters and civically active members of society.


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