Putting the “Unity” in Community in 2022!

Published on January 17th, 2022 by Janna Hall

There’s a reason why people create new resolutions time and time again. The new year symbolizes a fresh start and it presents an opportunity to realign our focus and shift behavior. As the Enrichmond Foundation moves into 2022, we strive to explore new, impactful ways to continue serving Richmond’s people, parks, and public spaces. We have been called to reflect on our mission and our responsibility to carry it out. Our purpose is and has always been to provide a means for citizens to give back to their communities. After facing a global pandemic, social injustices, and job insecurity, among many other things, this past year has not only called for deep reflection but has also raised a lot of questions within our nation and community. While it is clear that the time for change is now, the question of how to move forward has plagued many. For the Enrichmond Foundation, the answer is unity; the only way forward is to be unified as a community. The desire for a better life, better relationships, and ultimately a better world calls for unified behavior and purpose.

For us, that starts with the ongoing commitment to our Enrichmond Partners. Our Partners include community and civic associations, outdoor enthusiasts, garden and history groups, and other citizen-based groups whose primary interest is maintaining, restoring, preserving, and improving Richmond’s public recreational resources. Through increasing support and resources for our Partners, we are able to expand our impact on the community. 

“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Perhaps the most important thing to realize is the power that unity creates. Unity propels us into greater success and makes sustainable growth possible. We have greater strength and assurance of outcome when we decide to work together. When combined, the years of service from every individual within the Enrichmond community, we have over 821 years in collective service of empowering community improvement.

The unity between Enrichmond, our Partners, and volunteers allows us to continue moving forward, evolving, and enacting the change needed within our communities. As we shift our focus to being more involved with our Partners, we invite you to learn and support the organizations that impact this city. The way forward is with unity, and that starts with us!