Over the past months I have been scurrying around improving my skills as a new entrepreneur. In an attempt to make a newspaper viable, the publisher must adopt new areas of expertise while becoming the jack of all trades to make the venture succeed. There are meetings to attend, network events to traverse, merchants to solicit, and subscribers to beg.
In the midst of surviving it is so easy to forget the primary mission of such a venture. Yes, a true news man wants to sell newspapers and sell advertising. That goes without saying. It is a business. But a true news man has a higher calling to inform a hungry public and care for the community he covers.
My community is Hammond High School and the neighborhoods it serves. This is the truest connection for me and for those who live in the Hammond District. Our children either attend the school or aspire to attend the school.
I have two sons. One did his time at Hammond and another who is presently experiencing the joys of his senior year. Their perspectives on school are quite different. One thing is the same for them, as it is for every school-aged kid in our area. These students are all connected.
So what is the point of today’s blog? Our students and our PTA parents are deeply connected and rooted in the area, but most of us are not engaged. Our jobs take us to an alternate reality and our homes are the refuges that we refuse to vacate. The remote control is calling.
Our community needs us and we need our community. I do not want to forget or become lax in my commitment to support our institutions. This is the call to action for me and my readers. Volunteers are sweating bullets. They take valuable time and donate themselves to causes for the community they love. These volunteers are people of hope. Mostly, they hope people show up for their planned events.
Getting a profitable crowd is never a guarantee, but the situation is more hopeful always when the community at large is engaged. Attempting to convince the unengaged to sacrifice comfort is quite a harrowing experience.
I am starting my campaign of hope by attending the Guilford Elementary School Basket Bingo on May 11, 2013 at the Ridgely’s Run Community Center on Mission Road. The PTA decided to stop the door-to-door sales campaigns. They want their children to be in a safer position. The group is moving in a new fundraising direction. Community participation is a must. I am going to plan bingo. Perhaps I will win big. How about you? What will you do to help foster a stronger community?