Updated: Aug 6
It's time to get back to being great neighbors. "Back in the day" the communities of Auberry, Tollhouse, Prather, and Shaver Lake gathered together to take on projects that assisted those in need. These activities included mending broken fences, hauling away old junk, weed eating, and much more.
We've heard from many of you that the last town clean-up was much appreciated, not only for town aesthetics and pride, but because we had the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, meet new people, and teach our kids the meaning of service. It truly was a great day, so we thought we'd see if you'd like to join us on a more "regular" basis.
In the spirit of solidarity, we'd like to start a community service organization that meets on the first Saturday of every month to help our town's people with projects they may not be able to finish on their own. October 3rd is a great day to start so please reach out to either Cortney or myself if you're interested in either volunteering.
We're now accepting requests for projects from anyone who could use more hands. It's first come, first serve, so make sure you call soon! We'll start a list and keep in touch to let you know which Saturday we can make it.
Remember, community service not only provides a sense of purpose and connection, it has profound effects on psychological and physical wellness. Our evolution is dependent upon our social nature, and it's always fun to catch up with each other to see how we're all fairing in this crazy world!
Volunteering also decreases depression and increases self-confidence. It strengthens relationships and helps us reconnect to our 'roots.' Studies have found that those who volunteer live longer than those who don't. We tend to walk more, keep our minds fit, and it's easier to cope with daily stressors. These acts of service lower our blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease, and boost our immune systems.
In addition, the more we give, the happier we are! Please join us in this experiment towards health and happiness for all of our communities.
Please call Cortney Burke at the Freight Station at 559-855-8222 or Tami Jones at 559-899-1022 for more information. You can also reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we're always down for visitors at The Freight Station (Monday-Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm)!
As always, thank you so much for being such wonderful neighbors. We're honored to be a part of these small town communities.