By: Carol Mullins, Crooked Creek Indy
Fifty years ago Fred Rogers Invited us through song to be part of something bigger, our community. Neighborhoods were places to explore, come together and learn about the world. To ride bikes, walk, stroll through gardens, or to the store. To meet people and have conversations.
Today, depending on who you ask, the definition of what your ‘neighborhood’ is has either expanded to include a world through digital technology or shrunk to what’s on your tablet and smart phone, as you ignore people around you. Fred Rogers reminds us that neighborhoods are part of who we are, what we identify ourselves with, and where we call home.
Recently, I spoke at a symposium focused on neighborhoods and building community collaborations. It was aptly called, Neighbor Power Indy. The theme: ‘Won’t you be my neighbor,” embraced Fred Rogers values and what a community should strive for in building cohesive and connected neighborhoods in Indianapolis. Lessons learned from Rogers were simple. Accept others, embrace your uniqueness, remember we are pretty much all the same; same basic needs, fears and loves. Be Kind, help others, do your best and don’t hide emotions. Emotions teach us about ourselves; embrace and learn from them. Cry when your sad, laugh when our happy, let others know when they’ve done something you don’t agree if it brings value to the relationship. Enjoy good food, good friends and good music and appreciate and respect everyone. More importantly, Fred Roger’s said: “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem. Then there are those who see the need and respond…” We all have talents to share in building a better world. Figure out your talent, what you can do to make your neighborhood a better place, go out and embrace our talents to make a difference in your community. Last Fall we held a creek clearing, litter pick-up, sweeping paths and bulb planting. Over 300+ volunteers came out. Let’s replicate this everyday on a smaller scale.
Crooked Creek Indy began Partnerships in Beautification (formerly Blueskypartnerships.com) in 2015, with a Charter and a pledge, simple steps, neighbors and businesses, responding to cleanliness issues in our community. The call to action; Pick up litter around their property, sweep sidewalks of gravel, remove stickers from light poles and signs, keep up the landscaping and ask your neighbor to do the same. Others may notice and begin to make changes.
If you need more information about Partnerships in Beautification with Crooked Creek Indy, let me know, sign the attached pledge and return it to my email; Carol@crookedcreekindy.com.
We’ll be updating the Crooked Creek Indy website to include your stories, pictures and neighbors. Together we can make a difference. Please print and sign from link below.