When I think about what makes me the proudest about our community, I think first and foremost of the generosity we show towards one another. I do not think there is a day that goes by where you can travel through Alachua County without seeing people working together to help someone else, whether it is a Downtown Food Truck Rally raising money for a clinic, a car wash to support a charity, or just someone bringing dinner to a neighbor in need. Volunteering is the heart of a successful society; it lets us make an impact directly in the things that mean the most to us.

As a father with two young sons, I completely understand the costs involved with having a baby. My wife and I are blessed with great friends and generous family that helped us with hand-me-down clothes and previously-loved toys that allowed us to provide more for our children then we ever could have on our own. A constant expense is the unglamorous but highly necessary one of diapers.

Now, because of the innovation and dedication of some of our neighbors, Alachua County has a non-profit diaper bank. I know where the diapers my son outgrows will now be going, and we can all be glad that parents in need have a new resource.  The name of the diaper bank is called A.B.C., which stands for All Bottoms Covered. They hope to fill their shelves from September 25th to October 1st for National Diaper Awareness Week. Now is your chance to be a good neighbor and volunteer by donating diapers to The Child Advocacy Center of Gainesville from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday.  You can read the full story here.

This is how we make our community strong: identifying a need and joining together in a solution.  These are the type of solutions I will promote as your next Alachua County Commissioner.

What other ideas do you have about ways we can come together and meet each others’ needs? Post to my FaceBook page and let me know.