Over the last few months, we’ve talked about how we can champion our heroes, honor our children and youth, and foster healthy friendships, and now it’s time to put it all together to talk about building community.
So what exactly is community?
Much like family, there are endless ways to define community. A community can be a group of people who live in the same place, have an interest or characteristic in common, share a goal or ideal, or do the same kind of work. Communities can have three people or three thousand people. The central idea, no matter how your community looks, acts, thinks, or feels, is that individuals in the community are connected to one another.
The definition of community transforms and extends when viewed in relationship to family. A community for a family is a space to come together that is welcoming of who their family is and how they identify with themselves, each other, and the world around them. The composition of their family is celebrated, and their community supports them in how they choose to show up to build connections and create a support network.
There are many ways you can build community in Pierce County! Whether you join a hobby club, volunteer at a community garden, or participate in a summer reading program, opportunities to engage with others are plentiful. Here are a few programs to get you started: