I found through my participation in ROC Michigan 2014 through 2021 that I love riding bicycle, I love it even more when doing it with Laura and friends. And I love it still more when I am able to support a great cause. ROC Michigan 2022 fulfills all of these loves!
During the last couple of years Covid has shown how harmful Isolation is: Increased addiction, increased suicide, increased poverty to name a few. Isolation is a root cause of poverty in North America. What is the anti-dote to isolation? Community - real relationships in which reciprocal giving and receiving help us all flourish together.
Great Lakes Urban (GLU) is an "engine", a movement maker, developing leaders who are overcoming isolation by building community. In Wyoming MI Doris (a community connector trained by GLU) is facilitating a group of residents including immigrants to work together to improve their lives. In Holland, Wyoming, Grand Rapids, and now at the national level in several cities there are teams of residents working to solve problems keeping residents at the center of their stories.
We in America have become accustomed to solving intractable problems by creating institutions (governments, social services, non profits). But their track record is pretty dismal. A far more effective way is for citizens and neighbors to work together where they are to solve their problems and achieve their dreams together. Please join us in this cause by riding with us, sponsoring me or Laura, or making a donation to GLU. Thanks sincerely,