Getting involved is a term that is used all too frequently and its true meaning is easily lost. It can have a different definition from person to person depending on your perspective. Everyone is juggling something, whether it is your kids, your in-laws, your parents, your dog, your job, your boss it is always something. Fitting in time to attend anything outside of day-to-day responsibilities can be difficult, but if focused and strategic about how to get involved, you can make a lasting impact.
The city of Westfield has a variety of ways for residents to get involved depending on their interests. For instance, if your hobby is gardening you can participate in several programs in the Parks & Rec department such as Arbor Day. If you have a love of history, you could volunteer the city’s Voices from the Past event. If you want to make a difference in community developments, you can attend APC meetings or City Council meetings. Another way is to attend Council Connections.
Council Connections is an event that happens at several locations based on the district map. The city councilors are there in a very informal setting to hear from residents and answer their questions. This is a great way for citizens to learn about upcoming projects or ask a councilor why they voted the way they did on a specific council item. This is where a resident can share their viewpoint with their representative.
Making time for events like these can always be difficult, but focusing on making a lasting impact on what matters most can be one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself.
If you would like to attend, the next Council Connections is May 30, 2017 at Shamrock Springs Elementary School from 7-8:30 pm.