United we stand

Published 10:31 am Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Citizens across the nation could learn a thing or two from the people of Charlotte County.

I’m proud to know so many dedicated and giving individuals in this community.

Just in the past week, I’ve had the privilege of learning more about both the Charlotte County Adult Learning Center and the County Line FACES.

These are two organizations that provide innumerable support to our neighbors in need. They are groups which we should rally behind proudly.

“United we stand, divided we fall.” This is a phrase which has often defined American history.

I believe residents of Charlotte understand the importance of lending a hand to those who need it or accepting a hand when they need a lift off the ground.

I am not only proud of our volunteers who have made it their life’s mission to help people, but also of our community members who go out of their way to make changes daily.

The Adult Learning Center, in particular, is a resource which has the capability to transform someone’s life in meaningful ways.

Teachers at the center are giving residents knowledge that will be of value both in and out of the workforce, from GED training to offering basic computer skills.

The new director, Lonnie Calhoun, understands that health literacy is just as important. Though there is no gym in Charlotte County, Calhoun is working to establish classes to fulfill that need. Meanwhile, just down the road, County Line FACES is bringing nutrition to those who need it.

As many as 250 people will have dinner tonight because of  FACES volunteers and employees. As recently as 2014, there was no resource in the county for those 250 people.

I am proud of those who recognized a need in our community and rallied troops to fulfill the need.

If we want to stand, then we must unite in compassion for one another.

Carson Reeher is a staff writer for The Charlotte Gazette. Her email address is Carson.Reeher@TheCharlotteGazette.com.