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Stepping Up In A Crisis – Strong Towns Article

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This Is What Stepping Up in a Crisis Looks Like

When crisis hits, good people are driven to step up. And 2020 has brought more than its share of occasions to ask, “How can I help?”

Whether we’re business owners, government officials, or leaders of nonprofit or civic organizations, most of us are passionate about the community where we live and work. We naturally want to help when friends and neighbors are struggling. Too often, though, we don’t know what that might look like.

When I spoke at the national YMCA meeting in Anaheim last year, one of the things I talked about was how Ys could reinvent themselves as a vital part of the local economic engine. I recently got a call from the YMCA of Orange County with a terrific story I just had to share.

The YMCA of Orange County is a great example of how to connect to the local economy, and they really showcased what we should do in times of crisis to help our community. Foundational organizations are always important, but they can be lifelines during a crisis. What they did when COVID-19 hit exemplifies what “stepping up” looks like.

Continue reading this article at StrongTowns.org.

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