Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. ~ Helen Keller
Six July ideas for making a difference
1. Banish boredom
Help banish the word “bored“ from July vocabularies with these family and youth-friendly tips. Call it finding fun in the Fort, perhaps? Do you have more ideas? Share them on our Facebook page.
2. Meet with fellow residents & city leaders
Attend the Ward 3 Neighborhood Meeting. Mayor Sanders, members of the board of directors, and city administration and staff will be on hand to spend a few minutes talking about upcoming and ongoing projects in Ward 3. Most of the time, though, will be spent answering questions and listening to your concerns.
3. Help protect drinking water & environment
Participate in upcoming conversations about two area watersheds that are essential to our water quality. If you drink Fort Smith water, fish, boat or swim in area streams, are involved in agriculture in one of the two watersheds, or otherwise care about the environment, the meetings detailed here are of interest to you.
4. Match jobs with job-seekers
If you’re hiring, are looking for work, or know someone in either category, check out one entrepreneur’s idea for matching 100 jobs in 100 days. Miles Crawford, an alumnus of Citizens Academy, is thinking big – and is but one example of our citizens who make a difference every single day in our city, simply by doing what you do exceptionally well. Thank you all!
5. Report issues that need attention
See an issue that needs the attention of our city services crews? Or, perhaps, you’re simply interested in reports from our fellow citizens? Check out myFortSmith. When you download the app to an Apple or Android smartphone, you’ll also have access to handy widgets that make it easy to pay your water bill online, follow our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and so much more. Let’s stay connected.
6. Thank Hometown Hospitality Heroes
Help us celebrate the accomplishments of this summer’s Hometown Hospitality Heros. Jackie Hoffarth, Kermit Walsh, and everyone associated with launching Fort Smith Western Heritage month in May have been nominated by the Fort Smith Convention and Visitors Bureau for their work in connecting youthful activities (sometimes zany and colorful) with proud western and rodeo traditions of our heritage. The tagline, “Relive the heritage, restore the pride!“ is resonating throughout our community, even two months past the events. We can’t wait until next year!