The greater Albion area has undergone a series of transformations over the last two generations or more. Most often the changes stem from the loss of community anchors like the local hospital, public schools, churches, large employers, downtown shops, and City staff capacity. While there is still much to be done to heal the community in grieving from these losses, there are also projects that have helped begin the healing process.
In February 2017, the Albion-Marshall Resilient Communities Project was launched with the goal of cultivating a culture of respect and dignity within the greater Albion and Marshall community, while working together to create a safe, equitable place for all to live, work, and play. Yes – this was a lofty, yet critical set of goals that remain important after more than five years as the region works through growing pains.
The following information was first assembled in 2019 as a way to continue the conversation on what resilience means for Albion. The intention is to summarize simple, yet impactful steps that residents can take to make a difference in their lives and ideally the community at large. Similar steps could be taken for communities beyond Albion and we hope that this list is helpful for you, no matter where you are geographically or in
your journey of service to others.
How Can you Help Build Resilience in your greater community?
Connect with hubs for information on what’s happening:
- Become a member of your local District Library to connect with resource hubs, attend learning sessions to gain new skills, or promote your own event in this centrally located, historical gem
- Visit the local Chamber of Commerce to take a tour of Albion, find directories of essential businesses, hear about upcoming events, and attend monthly breakfast “Eggs & Issues” between September – May. Also, invite local businesses to become a member to help promote their business to a larger audience.
- Subscribe and contribute helpful information to local newspapers: Albion
Recorder and Marshall-based Ad-Visor & Chronicle
- Follow Local Facebook Pages, Subscribe to the Albion E-News
- Attend City Council Meetings on the first and third Mondays of the month
or watch the City of Albion YouTube Channel with City Council and Study Session videos to stay informed and civically engaged
Volunteer with local initiatives to Share Your Story • Plan Events • Build Your Network
- Albion Volunteer Services Organization
- Albion Community Gardens
- Operation X – Albion
- Rotary and Exchange Club
- Marshall Public Schools
- Marshall Area Community Services (MACS)
- Vision of Life Community Center
Learn more about recent community-based initiatives that can inspire further engagement to help rebuild the sense of family and community in the greater Albion area.
Albion-Marshall Resilient Communities Project – AMRCP – or the Common Thread, is a program of Starr Commonwealth.
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