I am something of an NPR nerd. The oft-mocked voices of public radio are the calm, comforting soundtrack of my life. I’ve been known to plan Saturday errands and chores around “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and leisurely Sunday drives to coincide with “The Splendid Table.” One of my first celebrity crushes was Neal Conan (RIP Talk of the Nation) and I’m undeservedly yet fiercely proud to live in the same state as Doug Fabrizio. I’m also a huge fan of their “This I Believe” series and in complete agreement with this essay by broadcaster and oral historian Studs Terkel: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4963443
As Studs says, “It’s the community in action that accomplishes more than any individual does, no matter how strong he [or she] may be.”
Prior to joining CAP Utah I worked in secondary and adult education. I was always grateful to the parents that trusted me enough to be part of their children’s lives and the adults that allowed me to be a part of theirs. The other day I dropped my children off at school, turning them over to their capable and caring teachers while dedicated parent volunteers were hanging banners and friends swarmed around to greet them. I was moved to tears watching this little community in action, enriching their lives in ways that I could never recreate on my own. Like Studs, I believe that when it comes to creating a community, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
I am excited to be working at CAP Utah and pleased to be a part of the Community Action network and witness all of the good that the agencies are doing around the state. I hope that my contribution to our community of communities furthers our mission of helping people and changing lives.