Letter from the president: How to grow an idea

There are many ideas regarding how to make Cooper-Young a better community. We read them on NextDoor. We hear them at our general meetings. And we’ve been hearing many good ideas as we continue to develop our five-year plan. We need your ideas and greatly appreciate them.

However, ideas are only ideas until they are acted upon. If we want to see real change in our neighborhood, we need people who are willing to do something to bring these ideas to life. For example, Aaron James became frustrated with the level of crime in our neighborhood and the members of our community being taken advantage of by criminals. In response, he invested many volunteer hours to revive the Cooper-Young Neighborhood Watch, rallying a group of residents to join him and winning six grants to help fight crime in CY.

Likewise, Judi Shellabarger, Kim Halyak, and others have worked to create the Cooper-Young Garden Club, successfully raising money to improve the gateways to CY and organizing the first annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk.

And Emma Tutor and Mike Larrivee volunteered to lead cleanup efforts on a recent Saturday to spruce up the neighborhood.

These are just a few terrific examples of volunteers taking action and making a contribution to our community. You can help as well. Whether it is joining a Cooper-Young Community Association committee, delivering the Lamplighter, volunteering for a fundraiser, or simply picking up trash on your walk around the neighborhood, you can make a difference in Cooper-Young. I encourage you to join your neighbors to help make Cooper-Young and Memphis a better place. It only starts with an idea. — Mark Morrison

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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