Lately, within a period of only a couple of weeks, I have been reminded of the importance of civic groups. While attending the recent auction of the Habitat for Humanity program, I became re-acquainted with several friends and made new ones. I placed a modest bid on an item and actually won it. The auction raised several hundred dollars, and I felt good contributing even a modest amount. At the event, I saw people of all ages supporting a worthy cause of helping families who contribute their own sweat equity to help them obtain a safe and comfortable place to live.

A few days later, I was invited to attend a meeting for a little-advertised group of friends who meet for charitable purposes. Again, I had a great evening of not only visiting with those I knew but also making more new friends. This group combines social events with contributions from members. They pool their money and work with several agencies that know about unmet needs in our community, such as medical and utility needs. “We help people who otherwise would fall between the cracks,” one member said.

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