We're thankful to live in a community where there is help for people. We're glad there are social services to care for the needy and the vulnerable. Those services are a topic for another day.
Today we're grateful for people and programs that help people to help themselves.
Of course, helping others is still a little self-serving because you can't really help someone without becoming a better person yourself.
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Traversing the education system is a lot easier if you speak English. So for the 1,800 Kennewick students who are learning the language, it's especially useful to have someone looking out for you.
And who is better suited for that task than kids who have already been through it?
We appreciate the purpose of the Planting Hope event at Kennewick High.
But we especially like the idea that this year it was organized by kids in the Achieving Leadership for All Students Club, made up of students from families that don't speak English at home.
The event featured cultural displays and information sessions for families wanting to help their child through school, ranging from graduation requirements to checking grades online.
We think it really does give hope to the families that attend. But even more, it gives hope (and useful skills) to the student organizers.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity has done more than build 75 homes in our community. It has given 75 families an opportunity to be self-reliant.
They give people an opportunity.
We were impressed with the story this week that Habitat for Humanity Tri-Cities has built 75 homes and has plans for seven more in Kennewick.
We were impressed by the description of a "blitz" building, from foundation to finished in five days, with professionals working three layers thick.
We're impressed that families each donate 500 hours in labor toward their home.
But the most amazing sentence in that story was that every single family is current on their payments.
It's easy to get excited about a new home. It's a little harder to keep up that enthusiasm for mortgage payments.
Sometimes, all people need is a chance.
Doug Mowry must love movies. He set out on a personal quest to see as many of the Oscar nominees as possible and was largely successful.
His example is one we should all emulate.
Not necessarily that everyone needs to go all out to watch movies, but we all can pursue our goals with a little more ardor.
Mowry described his adventure as a "bucket list" activity.
Bucket lists are good. Setting goals -- and achieving them -- is empowering. Having an interest, even a passion, for something makes life more interesting and satisfying.
An unrelated story in Tuesday's paper lists seeking new skills as one way to delay dementia. How can you go wrong?