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The Jefferson Award winners being featured this week and next in The Lima News recognize some of the top volunteers in the area. These people spend endless hours volunteering their services to make their communities a better place in which to live. They give their time, talents and resources to improve the quality of life for everyone who calls this area home.

Simply put, their community service is breathtaking.

If there is one thing we can take away from these inspirational people it’s the personal pride one receives in giving back to their community. It can be as simple as striving to become a better citizen.

How does one do that? It’s easier than you think. It can be about respecting others, taking responsibility, having fun and learning about your community. Things such as:

• Donating blood.

• Driving safely, especially when all the orange barrels come out this construction season.

• Respecting the environment. Don’t litter. Take care of community resources. Recycle. Educate yourself about ways to help make your community more sustainable.

• Making a contribution to a local charity.

• Supporting community-based businesses. They need you. You need them.

• Volunteering, be it a club, organization, church or school.

• Offering encouragement.

• Enjoying your family.

• Attending a fair or festival this summer. They’re everywhere and they contribute greatly to a community’s sense of place, pride and self-worth.

• Taking advantage of cultural opportunities such as the Allen County Museum and the Neil Armstrong Space Museum. Head out to the Civic Center for a theatrical performance, a concert or the symphony.

• Being a good neighbor.

• Being compassionate.

• Mending fences and building bridges.

• Embracing the community’s diversity. Scrutinize biases or prejudices you may hold toward others.

• Thanking a veteran.

• Telling public safety officials how much you appreciate the jobs they do and the risks they take to make our communities safe.

• Speaking well about your community.

If each of us did a few of these, imagine how much better our communities would be.

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