importance of community
Honesty, Responsibility, Respect, Caring.
Born: April 12, 2016
Purpose: Demonstrate the importance of community.
Current Location: There is one stomper at each of the four YMCA’s in Centre County!
Created by: YMCA program students in collaboration with Mel Forkner Lesher, Chris Bittner, Nancy Vicere and Marisa Vicere
Sponsored by: The generous support of YMCA of Centre County members and Doug Zimmer and in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
“Honesty, Responsibility, Respect, Caring”
Communities are known for fostering a sense of belonging, cooperation, and collaboration—all of which help to create a healthy atmosphere filled with acceptance, appreciation and companionship. Strong communities offer courage, hope and harmony and often play a vital role in forming a support system for an individual.
Supporting one another
Through a series of activities and discussions, participants explored the importance of community and how to be a better community member. They also considered ways to support one another to build communities that promote mental, emotional and physical well-being.
Creation of Stompers
The YMCA of Centre County created four youth-size stompers named after the YMCA character development values: “Respect,” “Caring,” “Honesty,” and “Responsibility.” These four stompers were created by over 222 children throughout Centre County.
This project was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
What community means to me:
We asked participants what “community” means to them. Here are a few of their responses:
- A safe place for me to belong
- People and animals together
- A neighborhood
- Friends and family to love me
- That I’ll have food on my table
- The YMCA is a community! I love it!
- That I have people to call when I’m in need
Ways to get involved
Participants discussed ways they could get involved in the community. We were impressed with the ideas they came up with! Below are just a few.
- Volunteer (check out janamariefoundation.org/get-involved)
- Pick up trash
- Plant a tree
- Help someone in need
- Donate old toys / clothes
- Shop locally
- Share with someone less fortunate
- Meet new people
- Do more things with the YMCA and Jana Marie Foundation
- Become a teen leader
The YMCA of Centre County Stompers were made possible through the generous support of YMCA of Centre County members and Doug Zimmer. This project was also supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Our Artists: Marisa Vicere, Chris Bittner, Mel Forkner Lesher, and Nancy Vicere
Our Partners: Scott Mitchell, Marty Bradley, Adrienne Krasowitz, Thersa Mast, Jamie SanFilippo, Josh Cone, Kayla Scheibe, Heather Heckman, Jaron Cunrod, Keirsten Gibson, and the countless staff who participated, Chris Wahlmark – videographer
We were created by the children of the YMCA of Centre County. We are here to share the importance of community, and the ways to support one another to build a community that will promote mental, emotional, and physical well-being. We were named after the YMCA character development values that lead to “Respect, Caring, Honesty, and Responsibility”.
Love, Honesty, Respect, Caring, and REsponsibility
There is help. There is hope.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health concern or crisis, please reach out for help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text PA to 741741
Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
Trans Life Line: 1-877-565-8860