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Making a Difference in 2023

By Dawn Brandvold | Published January 24, 2023

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As we head into 2023, many of us set resolutions for self-improvement. Think of how much good we could do if we included resolutions for community-improvement. Making a difference in our hometowns and neighborhoods impacts our own lives too. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the daily grind and miss those opportunities. Here are some resolutions to benefit yourself and your community:
  1. Volunteer. There are tons of local organizations that would appreciate your time, whether it’s a one-time event or an ongoing commitment, a quick online search can help you find local opportunities.
  2. Donate blood. Just one unit of blood can save up to three lives. Contact your local Red Cross and schedule an appointment today.
  3. Attend meetings. If you are looking for a way to feel a part of something and a sense of ownership, get involved in local government.
  4. Become a mentor. Is there someone in your workplace that could use a little encouragement or the gift of your knowledge. Offer to train a co-worker in a new task. Teaching a skill to someone in your social circle can be mutually rewarding. Pass on what you know! Does anyone want to teach me to knit?
  5. Organize. Start a food drive, organize a fun run, have a bake sale, gather a group and work on a community garden or spruce up a city playground. Ask your favorite non-profit what they need and then organize an event to help them get it!
  6. Shop local. Spending money locally is an investment in your community.
Anne Frank said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Let’s make 2023 the year we all start!

Dawn Brandvold

Author: Dawn Brandvold, VP Consumer Loan Manager

Dawn has worked with First Community Bank for 25 years. She is actively involved in the community and has served on various boards throughout her career including the YMCA of Northern Utah, Safe Harbor Crisis Center, and the Davis Arts Council.