Make a difference in 2012

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

This weekend, Barry Countians will celebrate the start of another new year. It is tradition for Americans to make resolutions to improve their lives at the beginning of each new year. According to USA.gov the following vows are among the top New Year's resolutions: drink less alcohol; eat healthier; get a better education; get a better job; get fit; lose weight; manage debt; manage stress; quit smoking; recycle; save money; and volunteer.

In addition to making resolutions to improve their personal lives, I hope many local residents vow to help improve our local community in 2012. One way to improve the state of our community is to boost the local economy by shopping locally. Many of the goods and services that we use in our daily lives can be found at Barry County businesses, and if you are interested in an evening out there are dozens of restaurants, activities and events planned throughout the county each year.

We can also work together to improve our community by volunteering. The Cassville Senior Center is always in need of Meals on Wheels drivers, who deliver meals to homebound seniors, a service that helps many seniors live independently, and Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County constantly searches for individuals interested in working on building projects or lending a hand at the Restore in Cassville. There are many of other organizations in Barry County that could use volunteers also.

Donating is another great way to help our community. This year's Share Your Christmas and Angel Tree efforts have been completed, but both organizations accept monetary donations throughout the year. School back pack programs, the Cassville YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, which offers scholarships for youth sports programs, and many other organized efforts and activities could also use monetary contributions this year. Take an extra bag of non-perishable food items to the Cassville Community Food Pantry or drop a bag of dog food off at Haven of the Ozarks. The possibilities for donating in Barry County are endless.

I hope our readers take time to find their own ways to help improve our local community this year. It's great to make personal goals, such as losing weight or saving money, but we must remember that by working together we can also make a difference that helps improve the entire community.

Lindsay Reed