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It’s Fall,Ya’ll: The Perfect Time To Do Something For the Greater Good

October 16, 2017 - Tiffany Larson

Much like many of you, I have found my heart strings pulled pretty tight lately. From turning on the television or opening my Facebook and Twitter feeds, I have been overwhelmed with emotions related to current events locally, nationally, and across the world. Mother Nature has consumed headlines with hurricanes, floods, fires, and natural disasters. The next day anxiety only intensifies, with stories of mass shootings, assaults, threats, and hate. Little by little I feel the spark inside me dimming.

Being consumed by stories of negativity, sadness, and heartache begins to take a toll on individuals. I collaborate with providers working with children and families struggling with things that no family should ever have to face. Although many of these have not impacted my family, friends, or I personally, I find myself taking them to heart. I have tried processing through these ripples of events over the past few months. Balancing alongside my own day-to-day obstacles, challenges, and responsibilities. I am not going to lie. This has been a monstrous task. Trying to decipher what is in my control and out of my control. What I can help with and what I have to let go of. I found myself pondering how many others are being weighed down with the same thoughts? How many others are feeling their light slowly fade? What can be done locally? Nationally? What can I as one human being do?

As I drove home from Des Moines on Monday morning I had quality time with my radio and my thoughts. Deep from within I could her that inner voice saying it takes one starfish. I kept repeating it to myself. In doing so I could slowly feel my spark get a bit brighter. My mind was running off all of the positive things in my life, in the community, and in the area in which I work. I am truly lucky. We are lucky. I was reminded that I can do my little bit of good wherever I am. It then is all of those little bits of good put together that can overwhelm the world in a positive way. If we continue to focus on hope, the darkness and negativity can be silenced. I can use my voice to share the positives. I can share my time and talents to help others. I can encourage others to get involved. It’s Fall, ya’ll! It’s the time of harvest, falling leavings, cooler temperatures, and the smell of pumpkin spice all around. It is also the perfect time to get out and do something for the greater good. If not now, then when?

This doesn’t have to be something big. It can be little things. This can be something for a neighbor, at the school, in the community, or across the world. It is easy for us in the wired world we live in to sit behind our phones and laptops and share a heart on our status for breast cancer awareness month, or copy and past a status on our timeline with the suicide prevention hotline. However, I believe we all can do more. Whether you are a champion for people, causes, or pets there are a lot of things locally going on. Don’t know where to look to get involved? Don’t fret. I have your back with some ideas. There is a Facebook Page called “Hamilton County, Iowa Calendar of Events” picking up steam. Individuals and groups can post upcoming events for people to attend or volunteer. The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce has a Calendar of Events on their Website as well. Our local Daily Freeman Journal newspaper and KQWC/KZWC do a great job circulating upcoming events, and the radio station even has Spanish hour now.

October and November are filled with many opportunities to get involved and give back. This doesn’t have to be an activity or an event. Get out and enjoy Homecoming, have a family meal together, spend time with family, friends, or even a neighbor. If events or cause are what you are looking for, here are a few. The Rotary Turkey Dinner raises funds each year for local charities and groups and the meals will be served om on 10/22. Parent Connection holds their Annual Zombie Run to help Prevent Child Abuse in Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright Counties, and their event will be on 10/28 this year. Rotary will also be hosting two Trivia For Charity Events to raise funds for Riverview and the Special Olympics in November and after the first of the year. Lions Park will be having their ribbon cutting then starting their next phase of their park revitalization. Hamilton County RSVP will be partnering with individuals and groups for their winter weatherization project. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so people can start with getting themselves checked. With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month individuals can see how to support D/SAOC or Crisis Intervention Service when it comes to fundraising events or items needed for clients receiving their services. Food pantries can always use support, and there are drives taking place this Fall to help support UDMO, Trinity Lutheran Church, ACE Community Center, and others around Hamilton County. Hamilton County Animal advoCATes are working to help place the furry friends in new homes, and volunteers are rallying to help support local servants. Want to help more globally? Do some research and find what truly matters to you.

This is just a small handful of the opportunities waiting for YOU to help make a positive impact in our community and the world. It truly takes a village to make a positive change. If not for you, think about your children and other youth that are our future mentors and leaders. I will do my small part for the greater good. Doing my best to stay positive, inspiring more individuals to be aware of opportunities to get involved and share their time and talents, and build our Webster City area. However, together is a much easier and better journey to take.


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