Strength in Community

Strength in Community

Yesterday I joined over a hundred other residents to stand under canopies and umbrellas at Jim Holm Park, for the unveiling of a new mural, located on the side of the Granite Falls Senior Center.  With us were nearly two dozen local youth, who all helped design and create it, with assistance from muralist (and teacher) Trevor Williams.  The mural depicts the theme “Just 1 Choice”, and shows three teenagers against a background of possible life choices.  The artwork is powerful in its message.  It was also powerful to see the tangible support of everyone there, making a choice to stand in the rain as a community.

I was stopped by a gentleman standing outside a local restaurant last week. He handed me $10 and told me “this is the first payment on my pledge. I’ll get more to you as I can.” His gesture touched my heart, because I know this person lives on a fixed income, and ten dollars means a lot. His support for our community, and events like the mural unveiling make me fiercely proud to live here.

As a result of his generosity, and many others, we reached $25,000 in pledges this week, to support our Granite Falls Police Department in the ‘We Pledge Our Support’ community pledge drive!  We still have a long ways to go, but it’s clear we will get there — together.

Officer Chad Wells asked me to pass along his thank-you for your support. Actually, every time I see one of our dedicated officers, they express their appreciation – for your signatures on the recent petition, and to those who are able to take the next step, by pitching in $10 a month or more to help with unfunded training, technology, and equipment.

Reserve Officer Ken Shefveland was in town this week and stopped into several of our sponsoring businesses to say thank you.  He was off duty, so his partner “Slick” wasn’t with him (Slick was home in his stable munching a carrot.)

Granite Falls Liquor Store, Granite Falls Ace Hardware, Wild for Pets, and IGA Grocery all have pledge packets available on request. There is an easy, safe, online option to pledge on our website, on the PLEDGE HERE tab.

Playa Bonita Restaurant is featuring special table tents and signage, as is The Way Café and Robin’s Nest. The ‘We Pledge Our Support’ banner went up on the Wild for Pets building, thanks to owner Sally Timm and the Granite Falls Fire District #17 crew.

Granite Falls is taking charge of supporting public safety. Together, we ensure continuing services like our school resource officer, crime fighting equipment and technology, and much more.  Together, we strengthen our community.

Thank you!

Catherine Anderson, President