An excerpt from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, edited by Thomas Ehrlich, published by Oryx Press, 2000 states:
Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
It means lots of things, both big and small:
- Volunteerism – giving time to a board, for example, or becoming a museum docent
- Being involved in the local political process – even if it just means attending a Zoning Board Meeting or something!
- Assessing the needs of your community and addressing them through grassroots and neighborhood efforts
- Helping out your elderly neighbor who can’t drive
We all have something to give that will make someone’s life a little better and giving back in some way is what gives our lives meaning and value. We’d love to hear how you are engaged. In a civic way, that is!