In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a resurgence of community or what it means to be a community for a lot of people. For so many people in their late 40’s and beyond, our childhood memories were that of an active, thriving community where we knew our neighbors, actively engaged with them and took an active role in the building up of our community. And it seems as though something shifted with the advancement of technology; it seems as though we all became more isolated, distant and less engaged with one another. Now that COVID-19 has confined the world to social distancing and sheltering in place, we are witnessing a revitalization of community; everyone is contributing their gifts, energy, time and resources to help one another through this pandemic. In many instances, we are also seeing that demographics don’t matter in terms of who can receive needed resources during this time. In essence, we’ve removed the borders from the community and have realized that the common space that we all share is the world at large; we’re all in this together and we have to help each other along as best as we can.
When I think about community, the famous quote by John F. Kennedy at his inaugural address in 1961 comes to mind. He said, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” What if we were to replace the word country with community? Ask not what your community can do for you; ask, what can I do for my community?