United Way Day 2019
A reflection from Tyronna Hooker, Executive Director Alamance Achieves
Community resilience focuses on strengthening the day-to-day health and well being of communities to mitigate the negative impact of adverse experiences and trauma. Providing families and community members opportunities to access and connect with health, educational, and recreational resources (buffers that prevent and alleviate adverse experiences), is one way to strengthen community resilience. United Way of Alamance County created just such an opportunity yesterday evening at the 2019 United Way Day. This event convened cross-sector community organizations in an effort to harness existing resources and assets for families living in Alamance County.
Alamance Achieves staff joined in, engaging directly with families through a facilitated coloring and writing activity. Families, children and community stakeholders were asked, “What makes you happy about where you live?” Participants were quick to respond with things like, “parks!”, “running into people I know”, “community events”, “freedom”, “walkability”, “nature”, and a staff favorite, “my best friend Addy lives on my street!” Resoundingly, the most frequent response was, “the people!” Research shows, strong connections and social support can improve health and increase longevity. Strong connections with community resources and caring people were certainly made yesterday. We thank United Way for inviting Alamance Achieves to participate and look forward to next year’s United Way Day!
Join us as we feature our community partners on this day and celebrate our community!
Throughout the day we will rally to raise awareness for the ways United Way of Alamance County mobilizes the caring power of our community on our social media platforms. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Join us as we work together as a community to build a culture of optimism in Alamance County.
Find more information on Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope and childhood trauma, see the videos below.