Editorial: Picking our place to pay up

May. 20, 2014 @ 02:08 PM

We’ve got another chance to pay the rent — civic rent that is.

We most recently — and for some it was the first time — heard the phrase when Pat Mitchell addressed a gathering of administrative professionals last month. It was a term the N.C. Department of Commerce’s assistant secretary for rural economic development first learned from her father.

“When you pay civic rent, you give back to your communities,” Mitchell said. “It doesn’t matter how you’re doing it, but good communities are made of good people who care about their community and people that are willing to give back.”

Tuesday morning outside the emerging Breckenridge Commons, the hole was getting deeper and fine-tuned for McGregor Hall. Across the street outside the police department, law enforcement officers were bonding and receiving cheers from Special Olympians. The torch run was another part of the rent.

Today, the Shriners are in on the act. Their annual fish fry is quite popular in the community and the proceeds go to a cause we all seem to love and cherish — children. In this case, it is for the Shriners Hospitals for Children, so that burned and crippled children whose families are unable to afford the care they need don’t have to worry.

Truth is, by just looking around and checking the locally published calendars, our community can find numerous places to plug in and be participatory in any number of endeavors. There are non-profits, which are easily identifiable, but there’s also the arts, volunteer athletics opportunities for all ages put on by various entities, numerous church and civic organizations, and more.

Passion is a good thing to have when it comes to our personal lives. Some of us share it better than others. But our hearts are our guides, and the avenues to help out and make Henderson and Vance County a better place really are numerous.

We’ve said before and still believe: If you don’t think there’s anything to do here, you’re not trying. And rest assured, there is much that needs to be done.

How it is done isn’t the issue. Giving graciously of our time or talent to the community is what’s important.

Pick a place. Time to pay the rent.