Our community is good about reaching out to each other. We could fill this space each week with our appreciation of one group or another's charitable actions.
Sometimes it's a business or a foundation. Sometimes it's a neighbor or a friend. Sometimes it's a complete stranger. Whatever the source, it's always appreciated.
The Department of Energy has recognized Washington River Protection Solutions with a mentor award.
Having a mentor isn't just a good idea for teenagers.
In the case of DOE's Mentor of the Year Award, WRPS helps other companies in the Mid-Columbia win federal contracts. The businesses benefit, of course. But so does the rest of the Mid-Columbia.
The program builds long-lasting relationships and shares lessons learned. It's a concept all of us can transfer into our personal lives.
Is there someone you can reach out to and mentor? Perhaps a teenager or young parent?
Fighting like a girl
Last week, we used this space to discuss bucket lists. Burbank's Priscilla White is right in the middle of marking one thing off her list.
The stay-at-home mom has lost 95 pounds and turned herself into a professional fighter. She credits her coach, Northwest Elite owner Anthony Hammer, with much of her success.
She's probably not giving herself enough credit, but it certainly would have been more difficult to achieve this kind of transformation without someone to mentor and inspire her along the way.
Second Harvest new building
Second Harvest's new food distribution facility in Pasco is a great example of people helping other people. It might not fit today's mentor/protg theme, but food banks survive because people make donations to them.
It's one way we can help each other.
The fact that a larger facility is needed to store donated food is a testament to the generosity of this community.
And while we're talking about Second Harvest, we wish Kathye Kilgore, Second Harvest's longtime director, the best in her new role at Red Cross.
Sometimes looking out for each other means lending a helping hand or settling differences in a diplomatic manner.
Sometimes it's quite different.
We look out for each other when we are actively engaged in the community -- either in promoting the good stuff or in preventing the bad stuff.
A tip this week led to the capture of a suspect featured on Washington's Most Wanted at a Richland motel.
There are many ways to make your community a better place. Certainly there's a role somewhere for each of us.