I find the longer I live on this planet the more overwhelmed I am by the amount of good that goes on.
There’s a blog my husband likes to read whose author is an extremely eccentric woman in a large metropolitan area who volunteers for an animal rescue. It’s a great read, but the author is perpetually burnt out and grumpy because she feels that various people in society aren’t pulling their weight to help cats and dogs, that the only calls for donations she gets involve someone “donating” seven kittens, that larger organizations get all the credit and do little of the work that her organization does.
And all of that’s probably true. But it’s equally true that while she’s getting dogs ready for adoption, there are myriad fellow citizens out there advocating for the homeless, planting trees, delivering Meals on Wheels, picking up trash, and donating blood.
The reason I’m writing about this is that it’s come to my attention (through the power of Twitter) that some people who occasionally read this blog actually took me up on my call for people to serve on city boards and commissions.
One of the great parts of the initial interview process (that a reader of mine mentioned to me, and which I probably should have mentioned as an incentive) is that all the applicants for all the boards are in one room. Which sounds a little bit intimidating. And it is — but in a good way.
You get to hear your fellow applicants talk about why they want to be on a commission, and — perhaps as important — you get to hear about the things they’re already doing in the city. For about an hour, you get to be in the presence of some pretty great people who are doing some pretty amazing things.
This is, of course, the benefit of going to any public meeting: your fellow attendees tend to be the kind of people who give a crap, who are interested in what happens in the city. How refreshing!
My congratulations to those of you who advanced to the next round; I’d like to thank all of you for applying! (And a thanks to those who are currently serving!)
If you didn’t get picked, just remember: there are a lot of things that need doing that don’t need the city imprimatur. So get to doing them!