#WATWB: When community is family

This is my first official post for the We Are the World Blogfest, and I thought I’d start it out right in my own backyard.

Sometimes I forget that there are good things happening nearby. We don’t always have to look at some far-off country, or even the opposite end of our own country, to find someone doing the right thing to benefit someone else who needs it.

Today I want to highlight the way our community got together to get a high school ready for the influx of students who will be arriving in less than a couple weeks. Some time ago, a local church came up with the idea for a community renewal program that connected willing volunteers with specific neighborhoods and organizations, with the intention of serving those in need. ServErie was born. Individuals, families, groups, and churches now come together on a regular basis to show love in practical ways.

The ServErie project for mid-late summer involved a local high school that was recently part of a school consolidation. The school had already been scheduled for an upgrade as part of the consolidation plan, but then it became further damaged by fire in late May—a fire that caused enough structural damage in some areas to prompt the cancellation of the final weeks of classes.

ServErie saw the need and met it head-on. They put out the word and had about 1,600 volunteers preregister to help, with almost 400 more who simply showed up on the working days. Everything from major structural reconstruction & giving the walls a fresh coat of paint to scrubbing down the lockers got attention. Those who were skilled in certain areas were able to use their gifts, and those who claimed they didn’t know one end of a paintbrush from another were still able to help in hundreds of ways.

I’m proud of my city and its sense of community. You can read all about the school project HERE. Be encouraged! There are still good people in this world who think of others.

So . . . this is a blog hop! That means we support each other by visiting, commenting, and sharing. This month’s cohosts are Simon FalkRoshan RadhakrishnanInderpreet UppalLynn HallbrooksEric Lahti, and Mary J. Giese. Pop on over to their blogs and see what they have to say about the good things in our world.

Even if you’re not part of the blog hop but you’re reading this, I encourage you to comment (I always reply), share if you’d like on the various social media sites (use #WATWB), and visit some of the blogs listed below.

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  1. Isn’t it great to find people helping people and wonderful projects such as this in your own backyard? It’s so cool that your community came together to get the school ready for the students.

  2. Love this! It’s great to see the community come together to help get a school up and running. Those students are learning first hand the importance of community spirit which I’m sure they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives! Welcome to #WATWB~Thanks so much for joining us! 🙂 #WATWB

    1. My hope is that this will make a lasting impact on those students when they head inside the doors for the first day.

      Thank you so much for starting the #WATWB! I’m glad to be a part of it.

  3. There was a television program a few years back which featured a community working to restore something – some were schools – each week. I’m so glad to see that the spirit has not been lost. Thanks for sharing this and for being a part of #WATWB

  4. How wonderful that your community responded so well when needed! It is great that ServErie can bring various people together to assist one another and highlight projects that may go unnoticed without them. Thanks for sharing this uplifting story for #WATWB!

  5. Hi Lynda – sounds like the community spirit is alive and well with you … we definitely need more towns and villages to get their community organised. Excellent WATWB post .. .thanks for letting us know – cheers Hilary

  6. These sorts of community-supporting-community projects really excite me, and I can understand why you’re proud of ServErie. I’m so glad you’ve joined the blogfest and shared this story and added to the celebration of feel-good energies in our world today.

    1. It really is exciting, and I think this type of project builds on itself, as more people want to “get in on the action” next time. Thanks for the warm welcome!

  7. Wonderful post thank you and lovely to see in action that community IS family! Many congratulations to all the volunteers pulling together. Thank you for being part of the #WATWB 🙂

    1. Thank you, Susan, for the visit and comment! I get excited to see that people have not forgotten their sense of community. I’ve been so encouraged by my first #WATWB, with the number of “good news” posts from around the world.

  8. It doesn’t really matter whether you are skilled, semi-skilled or unskilled. What really matters is community spirit…and getting together for a worthy cause!
    Wonderful story, Lynda!
    I really enjoy the monthly #WATWB bloghop, which has become a ray of light amidst the ongoing negativity that floods our social media platforms.
    Thank you for sharing!

    Writer In Transit

    1. I agree, Michelle. To have even a handful of posts that are not negative and hateful made such an impact in my outlook over the weekend! I’m glad to be part of something bigger than hatred.

  9. This is an advertisement for “Think globally. Act locally.” I love to read about communities coming together to make a difference for their neighbors. I’m glad you’ve hopped into #WATWB. I haven’t because I’m getting ready for a break. Maybe when I return I can join.

  10. In an age where media is all about pointing out others’ errors, it’s so touching to see a story like this. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Commenting as part of my challenge: rebekahdevall.wordpress.com/challenge/

    1. Thanks for the visit and the comment, Rebekah! Things like this give me hope. I enjoyed seeing the #WATWB posts, knowing that good things are happening all over the world.

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