By Maceo Keeling –
Many of you remember the Stone Soup Communiversity I founded and taught at the Arthur Edington Education Center in 2016.
We shared our ups and downs, but I’m certain if you ask the participants they would say there were more ups for sure!
The idea is not new or revolutionary, it’s just an “each one teach one” moment. It is the leveraging of community resources and competencies to gain insight and experience for where we want to go and how we can get there. Yes, this concept is worth revisiting, but on a larger scale.
Keep in mind that our community is rich with resources. We have professional people from all types of discipline, experience, and, of course, wisdom. Just consider what we can do if we pool our resources to leverage what we need. Better yet, how could we make an impact to affect the change our community need?
Here Are a Few Suggestions
Adopt a school. Volunteer in a classroom so our children can see themselves in your example. It is also a great form of charitable giving, the gift of your time!
Mentor a young adult, and ask them to attend church with you. After church, go for a quick snack and listen to what they say. You’ll be surprised at how insightful they can be. Remember to let it flow; it’s not an inquisition.
Adopt a black business. Look around, and if you see a business you like to support, let them know. I’m certain that if you made money, you’ll be able to recognize a business person who just needs a helping hand, and not a hand-out.
Hold a class or forum in your area of expertise at the Eddington Center. This will help create a synergy at the center to move forward. Shuvonda Harper is an amazing facility manager, and makes the center comfortable for everyone.
Start a ministry at your church. It could be a new-mom ministry, a single-parent ministry, a kid(s)-to-college ministry, a homework ministry, an entrepreneurship ministry, or anything you have a passion to share. Both you and your class will prosper if done with a charitable and humble spirit.
If you would like to hear more about these suggestions and would like to participate in identifying and developing a community resource, call me at (828) 989-6999, or email me at MZKeeling@theurbannews.com.
This is our call to action!
Remember: You don’t have to be great to get started, but you do have to start to become great!
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