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Friday, November 2, 2012

Monett has been a showcase this week for neighbors helping neighbors in an organized way.

On Saturday, the fourth annual community Trunk or Treat provided festive entertainment for young people in Monett and surrounding communities. The Unity of Community umbrella continues to expand. Organizer Charlene Dart said she was pleased to see participation growing as new businesses or organizations joined in the fun. Unity of Community has been an unconventional umbrella organization that has made limited forays into Monett's landscape because of the abundance of programs focusing on one need or another. Pulling them together hasn't been necessary in most cases.

For the Trunk or Treat, which Dart hopes will give businesses and service groups alike a chance to reach out to kids, the combination of forces makes for a bigger and better event.

We saw another great example of mutual support on Sunday when the Monett Community Foundation (MCF) sponsored the opening concert of the Ozark Festival Orchestra's season. The MCF was created to take a lot of fundraising pressure off individual organizations. The foundation has brought a level of expertise in money management and support of legacy giving previously unseen in Monett.

The assistance provided helped the OFO reach a wider audience than usual. A reception that followed also gave the public a chance to talk about how the foundation can serve others as well. It was a winning combination for an exceptional afternoon.

A third example took place on Wednesday when the Monett Lions Club teamed up with The Monett Times to continue the traditional Halloween costume contest at Monett City Hall. This event was probably started by the American Legion and has been shepherded over the decades by most of the service groups in town. The winners are the kids, who have a great time showing off their costumes and celebrating the fun of dressing up.

All these activities reflect the robust nature of Monett's community, how neighbors join with neighbors to make a better place to live. The depth of support sustains long-running and gratifying programs that make it a joy to live here. It shows there are many ways to help and many invitations to join in.

That's what community building is all about.

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