Lara Simmons
From the Members

Creating Community

Lara Simmons on March 29th, 2011 No Comments

“While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.”

~Lady Bird Johnson

When I was looking to go back to work after staying home with my kids for a few years my requirements for a job were pretty simple: I wanted something part time, in my neighborhood (that I could walk to), and not stressful enough to add pressure to our family life.

I have found working as a Member Service Representative at Verity to be a perfect fit for me on all three counts. What I didn’t expect was the degree to which working here would be a “community” experience.

Over the past year I have had many unexpected encounters at the branch, not with people I don’t know, but with people I do.

Neighbors, friends, friends of friends, local shopkeepers and store clerks, fellow parents from my kids’ elementary school, even my very own brother-in-law have all come into the branch at one time or another. Some are Verity members, some are shared branching members, but all have helped to add to the community feeling I have on the job.

At the same time, working at Verity has increased the sense of community I feel when walking the neighborhood, expanding my community, while at the same time making it feel a little bit smaller, a little bit more like home.

One of my goals for this blog is to further increase this sense of community for our members. To that end, I will be writing from time to time about members who have a service, a skill, or even a song, to share and how you can join in and meet other members with similar or complementary talents and interests. Stay tuned!

Lara Simmons

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