Help shape our community

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 20:00

Community service isn’t for everyone, or so some may think. After all, not everyone has the ability to stand in a meal line and serve food, help clean a park, or has the creative ability to paint faces at the Fourth of July celebration. But, I would argue that community service comes in many different packages. Sometimes it is through physical or artistic means, but many individuals have found their service through sitting, listening, and talking.

Volunteering is about being part of a community. It is real action that implements the vision you have for your community. This time of year, many legislators are heading back to Juneau and will begin their duties of serving the communities they represent. Though their service takes them miles from home, it reminds us that a similar type of service can be achieved right here in Eagle River and Chugiak; and no election required!

There are five community councils right here in the Chugiak-Eagle River area. The Chugiak, Eagle River, Eagle River Valley, Birchwood and Eklutna Community Councils represent our area and have monthly meetings. You don’t have to be a member of the community council, just a person who wants to weigh in on the happenings of the community. You don’t have to be a political person, just a person with an interest in what is happening around you.

Put your hands in your pockets, sit back and listen. Then speak up, give your opinion, share your perspective and help shape the community in which you live. Many people have realized that those who are in positions that make policy decisions for our state often attend community meetings, and they really do listen to those who are active in their community. Community councils, town hall meetings, and e-mail are all effective means to get informed and involved with the issues that are happening around you. We are all in this together; we can learn from each other, build off each other’s ideas, and hopefully produce a better product.

For more information about the community councils in our community, you can visit, or for information about Lions call Amy at 301-9179.

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