(Morning of Community Service)
Last Saturday of each month
Meet at Kent Java, Chestnut Street the last Saturday of each month at 9:00 am.
We work for three hours, and then gather for a meal and a discussion of what we will do next month.
Last year, a friend visited Rwanda and when he returned, the thing he talked about the most was “Umuganda.” It is the last Saturday of the month. A day dedicated to working together to benefit the community. Basically, it goes like this: the whole village gathers at 9:00 am and works for three hours on a project agreed to the month before. Then, at noon, everyone comes together to discuss progress and to decide what the project should be the next month.
Recently a friend asked me, “What is Main Street Corydon all about?” and I talked about our mission to make Corydon a place of welcome, excellence and energy. He said, “I will do whatever you need,” and he gave this example, “My landscaping at my house is beautiful because it reflects my family. But, Corydon reflects me too … and right now the reflection is not what it should be.”
From that discussion, the idea of a day of community service was birthed. Like the original Umuganda, it will be the last Saturday of each month, 9:00 to noon.
What We Need
Citizens who are willing to come together as a community, to serve. A wish list from the downtown building owners, residents and businesses.
Examples of Projects
The first Umuganda Corydon was Saturday, January 31. Fifteen volunteers washed windows along Chestnut Street, placed posters with positive messages in storefronts, cleaned the sidewalk and picked up trash. We had a wonderful time working together and made a difference! Photo Credit: Zachary Ritter
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