Productivity and Service
At JPAR, our values are clear: productivity and service. That got me thinking: What are some practical ways to serve our communities and feel more connected? Two came to mind:
- Support neighborhood watch
- Thank a teacher and a first responder
Support Neighborhood Watch
A safe neighborhood is created when people who live in the community look out for one another. Being observant, noticing and reporting unusual activity, and talking with neighbors to make sure everyone is aware of community events and happenings help create a safer, more connected community.
- 60% of residential burglaries occur in daylight hours
- 32% of burglaries are by an unlawful entry with no force
- Only 17% of folks volunteer in programs to prevent crime
- Organize a community watch program
- Get to know your neighbors
Thank a Teacher or a First Responder
Teachers, law enforcement, and first responders all make a difference in our communities. Teachers spend more waking hours with our children than we do; law enforcement and first responders put their lives and safety on the line daily for our communities.
- There are nearly 3.8 million teachers across the country
- 50% of teachers leave the field after 5 years
- Nearly 700,000 sworn offices and some 300,000 civilian officers protect and serve citizens in the U.S.
- Over 50,000 officers have on the job injuries annually
- Thank them! Write a note, stop by say thank you when you see them.
- Volunteer in the classroom or the community
- Organize a class appreciation jar. Have all the students write what they appreciate about their teacher and present it as a gift.
With just a little extra effort we can make those that make a difference feel special. What’s that worth?