“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”― John Lennon
At this time in history, it is more important than ever that we join forces and share resources – both human and material. It increases the impact and reach of the efforts and makes us think about what we are doing from different perspectives.
I am fortunate to serve on the board of the Youth & Family Center at Lake Superior Village. This is a place where children in Marquette can go after school and during the summer for homework help and other activities. I am proud to be part of this collaboration. GLCYD is the fiscal agent; the YMCA provides staff, and the Marquette Housing Commission owns and maintains the building. Staff members from each agency, including the program director, make up the board. We are looking at our board composition and hoping to add a few more interested parties, particularly a parent/resident whose children use the facility.
I always feel good after one of our board meetings because I know I am not in this alone. I learn more about our community, and great ideas are shared. Everyone really does their job well, and it just seems to improve over time.
Another collaboration I’m proud to be part of is “Communities That Care.” If you haven’t yet heard of this program in your community, you likely will soon. The program is in place in some U.P. counties and is just getting started in others. I am involved in this initiative in both Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties. I am serving on the Resources Work Group and Executive Committee. We are identifying the services available in each area and where there may be gaps. Participating on this level not only allows me to gain a bigger picture of life there, but also connects me to so many people at one time.
Meanwhile, other work groups are also doing their part in the initiative. And my fellow staff members are participating in this program in other counties throughout the Upper Peninsula. When I think about the scope of these efforts multiplying and all of the connections being made, I am humbled and happy to be part of it all. I am grateful to take part in this collaborative work. I would like to invite you to consider joining “Communities That Care.” We all have something to contribute to the group. For more information, send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 906-228-8919, extension 112.