The Community Heroes Training Center!
Here’s the plan:
The world needs heroes. Our community needs heroes. Fortunately, there are heroes among us. We have heroes defending our country. Heroes protect us from crime and respond to emergencies. Heroes help us stay healthy, and heal us when we are injured or ill. Parents and teachers are heroes, raising and training new heroes. Even children can be heroes. We can all be heroes. Let’s try to be the best we can be, and help others in every way we can. I have an idea that can help us better ourselves and help each other.
I have been dreaming about places that would help each of us improve in every way: spiritually, mentally, and physically. These places would also connect us with organizations giving help to others. There are many centers in this country which provide parts of this plan, but I believe none have put them all together.
The tallest mountains are climbed with small steps. This is the first step. Things that are impossible for one person to do are easy if many join in. I am one, but you can join me. We can become many. Even without a physical place, we can start doing small things. Working together, we can get more people to join us. With more people we can do more, until we reach the goal. Individuals, organizations, and businesses can contribute and participate in different ways, as in the story of “stone soup.”
I can now provide educational materials and lessons for events and special sessions at existing facilities, such as schools, libraries, and senior centers. One of these may provide some space and time for regularly scheduled or even daily learning opportunities. Other people (maybe you?) may join me in offering materials and lessons.
With enough support, we might soon open a small center in an existing building, supplying as full a range of educational materials as space allows. It would also provide information about charitable organizations needing donations and volunteers, and requests for help from individuals. The physical training area can be added later, as it requires extra space. I imagine an alternative to gyms and sports, based on the “heroes” theme, with obstacle courses of increasing difficulty.
The final stage is a completed center with separate areas dedicated to science, art, music, and other studies; spiritual guidance and growth; and a large physical training facility. People of all ages will be able to learn new things at their own pace, whenever they want. They will be directed to existing institutes and businesses dedicated to providing advanced training in specific areas. There will be information on ways to share what they have and to help others. Members will be directed to organizations serving the community, and encouraged to be cheerful contributors and volunteers. The center will attract visitors from outside the community and serve as a model for similar centers in other communities.
With your help, this can be more than just a dream. I am not in this to get rich or be the leader. I believe this will be a blessing to everyone. I’m looking for someone or several people to take the lead. Someone talented in organizing and leading people. Anyone with experience running a business or non-profit. People who are good at raising funds and soliciting support. Each contribution is a step bringing it closer to reality. One business, institution or organization supporting the project could make the difference between fading away and full realization. Each one who joins brings us closer to the goal, whatever your talents may be. I believe that everyone has something that they can contribute to “the soup,” but stone soup without sharing is just hot water.