A Reflection by Tia Taylor
As I reflect on the meaning of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I have gratitude for the many seeds of IMPACT that I have harvested over the last eight months. IMPACT seeds are sown all over Silver Spring, all year round. As diverse as our community is, the harvest comes in many colors, forms and sizes. Like the leaves that are currently falling from the trees in our wonderful community.
HOW IT STARTED
I became a member of the East County Community Circle in February of this year. It really happened by chance. I was new to this area and wanted to get involved in the community and meet people. While volunteering at Greencastle Elementary school's Family Market Day in February, I met the first IMPACT seed. Lanita Whitehurst, East County Organizer, was there helping to distribute food to families also. When I asked a school staff member more about the program and the community, she suggested that Lanita was the woman I should speak with about community activities. Lanita invited me to the next Circle meeting the last Tuesday of that month (and every month if you are interested).
At the Circle meeting, I met a roomful of positive, friendly, active people who clearly cared about this community and each other. Lanita keeps the meetings on track with a calming zen-like demeanor and providing healthy snacks. We start with a check-in and end with a check-out. How cool, calming and peaceful is that after a hectic day? All meetings should be like this!
SEEDS OF ACTION
There are so many project seeds planted in the East County Community Circle that I cannot name them all! A member volunteers their time and energy to lead each project. The Circle provides a supportive environment and information.
Community organizations and leaders are invited to speak at each meeting so that we can learn about our resources.
Guests have included: Commander Marcus Jones from the 3rd District Montgomery County Police Station, Song Hutchins from Asian American Homeownership Counseling, Beverly Coleman from Montgomery College, and many more. The Circle has also undertaken several community action projects, such as: