Community matters to children, whether they are aware of it or not. American anthropologist, Ruth Benedict, said, “The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally handed down in his community.”
Sadly, relational poverty is rampant within Australian society and community often unravels as a result.
As you help alleviate this poverty, your life can promote a happier life history for others.
We can hand down patterns of encouragement, persistence and aspiration for those who won’t necessarily receive it within their own home or family.
It can be as simple as starting to take the time to talk to your neighbour and their children. It can be as significant as joining a volunteer community organization. The impact you make can make a world of difference.
It has for Adam*, a young man in one of our local community youth clubs. Adam will soon be the first person in his family to finish high school. Just last week, he attributed that to the support of community volunteers, as he recalled pivotal encouragement from them throughout the year.
Community matters. More than we think.
*to protect his privacy, Adam is not the real name of the young man
~ Ruth Limkin