Earlier this week, blogger and writer Louise Gallagher spent some time with participants of the Urban Exposure Project. The project, run by United Way’s BeCause initiative, brings together amateur photographers interested in learning about social issues. Here’s what Gallagher had to say about the experience:
It was inspiring. Uplifting. Energizing and I came away, as I so often do after engaging in conversation with ‘the next generation’, I felt reassured. I know the world is in good hands. I know that there are those who care, who want to create the change they want to see in the world. Those who are willing to step out of their comfort zones to see and feel and share and learn.
When I asked one young woman what moves her, what change she wants to see in the world she replied that it’s all about community. What does community mean for you, I asked. And she shared how visiting the agencies who support people in need, the homeless, the disenfranchised, youth at risk, she realized no one can do it alone. Change is a community undertaking.
What a great reminder! You can read Gallagher’s full post here. Also check out her TEDxCalgary talk (Lessons in Love: How Volunteering Saved My Life) if you haven’t already:
How do you see Calgarians making change in their communities? Share your insights below!
(The above photo, Touching Down, is by Carolyn Torhjelm and was taken as part of the 2012 Urban Exposure Project.)