Are you looking to stay healthy, happy, and connected to your community this fall?
October is Civic Engagement month. Although the word feels political don’t throw down this newsletter! It simply means any activity that aims to help others, solve community problems, or produce a common good.
2It can include actions such as helping friends and neighbors, donating to a charity or organization, or volunteering for a community organization. Civic engagement can also lead to more political involvement, such as voting, contacting your elected officials, or participating in social movements.
“Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”
– Malala Yousalza
Research shows that people who are engaged in their communities are less likely to have high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease, face a lower risk of cognitive impairment, and might even live longer. Civic engagement can also help you build relationships, reduce loneliness and social isolation, and improve your quality of life. And.. let’s not forget civic engagement is how we change the world.
We wish you good health and much happiness.
A few more resources for our UNPHC EdX topic of the month: Civic Engagement. And be sure to check out our interview with Darlene McDonald, available the third Thursday of the month on our YouTube channel, Facebook page, and website. She speaks to both Employment and Civic Engagement.
Here are some easy tips, and websites on how to get a little more involved.
Wondering who, what, and why to vote? The Utah League of Women’s Voters has all the info: https://www.vote411.org/
Interested in knowing more about what’s going on in your neighborhood? Listen to RadioActive at 90.9, at 6pm every weekday: KRCL.org /communityaffairs
Those of us who live at poverty level or near, are not alone. Join with tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge systemic racism, poverty, and how to make a difference: Poor Peoples Campaign: tiny.cc/utahppc
Neighborworks is painting murals, holding leadership training, and listening to what you need in your neighborhood. Check them out here: Neighborworks: www.nwsaltlake.org
The Mestizo Arts & Activism Collective is an intergenerational social justice think tank in Salt Lake City, Utah: maacollective.org
Interested in putting your efforts into Volunteering? Utah Nonprofits Association has a list of volunteer opportunities for the nonprofit of your choice: Utahnonprofits.org
You know who changes the world? People that show up. Here is how and where.
Councils need you-Advisory Boards need you-And your caucus needs you- YES YOU!
Salt Lake City Community Councils: www.slc.gov/community-councils/
Salt Lake City Advisory Boards: www.slc.gov/boards/
Find your neighborhood Caucus info: www.utah.gov/government/caucus.html
Who represents me?: le.utah.gov