There is one major thing that Metropolitan areas and big cities overlook or just don’t understand that small towns often get right. It’s the idea of community: the idea that one person’s business or family affects and is affected by another. Although not all of us have children, we all regularly encounter children or people who have children. Although not all of us own a business, we often come across people who do. Community transcends race, religion, and affluence because by definition, community is everyone working together for a common goal.
One goal of Hallpass is to create and foster community through keeping school safe. Actions within a community become chains or webs– a business owner sponsors the high school sports team or drama club, leading to more funding and better programming for the school, which creates experiences for the students, and simultaneously increases business for the sponsor– this leads to increased success for the business’ employees, and more opportunities for them to patronize other businesses, who then in turn may choose to sponsor other community organizations and begin the process again. We have found that communities made up of people who support each other no matter the constraints and stresses are the ones that thrive the most, and believe this to be a founding principle for our organization.
“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” — Cesar Chavez