A word from the Founder
Our mission statement is my heart’s passion: “To facilitate, by example, true caring, compassion, and concern from one neighbor to another."
It all starts with relationships, because our lives are all intertwined in one way or another, if not by heritage or genealogy, then by proximity. It is a great misrepresentation when we say we live in a community, yet do not know our neighbors, or consider how we might help them. For most of us, it would be more accurate to say that we live in a development, on a road, or in a town. If we are lucky enough to live in a place where there is no physical need, coming together as a community serves our psychological and emotional well-being. If we live in a place where there is need, and especially great need, coming together not only serves psychological and emotional needs, but physical ones as well.
I believe that most communities have within their reach the resources they need to meet their own needs. In most cases it is just a matter of identifying these resources and bringing them together. Resources come in many shapes and sizes, and are not always monetary based. Volunteers willing to step up and make a difference, meet a need, right a wrong, and take ownership of their community are among the greatest resources we have. Materials and supplies are another important resource. Working collectively
as individuals, businesses, groups, organizations and government, we can accomplish so much.
No matter what happens to us, or around us, we all have a stake in making our communities whole. Sitting back and waiting for others to act should not be an option.
At Neighbors First we look for a spark in a neighborhood or community. It might come from one or two individuals, a school, or a business. Then we try to fan that spark into a flame. The heart of our mission is bringing together the resources of a community, so it can meet its own needs, and so neighbors truly can show concern one for another.