On January 23, “A Closer Look” at JCCI’s Quality of Life Progress Report summarized trends identified in this annual study, both those we find alarming and those that give us hope for a better community. Further, the article closed by urging all of us to be a part of a lift from mediocrity to excellence, particularly regarding the education of our children—all of them.
These observations are appropriate and compelling, but it is also important to highlight one more piece of good news from the study that escaped commentary. As those of us in our industry know, volunteering is up across the nation, and it is up in Jacksonville according to the progress report. The good news is that, in a community that has demonstrated high levels of volunteer service over many years, we have squeaked up yet another percentage point to an amazing level of 65% of all survey respondents.
Times are tough, but our citizens continue stepping forward to help, whether through our struggling nonprofit organizations or through other public-serving organizations–schools, places of worship, government agencies, and civic clubs. Let’s ensure their hard work does not go unrecognized as we fight the battle for a better community together. Let’s not fail to celebrate this good news statistic and encourage still more folks to be part of the solution.