Community building is public safety. Whether you’re organizing a food drive, helping the sick and poor pay for medicine, committing random acts of kindness, mentoring young people, checking on your neighbors, or looking out for one another, you’re helping to make Pima County a safer place for us all.
As PCAO’s Community Outreach Coordinator, I’m fortunate to see firsthand how people across southern Arizona build community all the time. In fact, PCAO often acts as a partner and facilitator to help neighborhoods and organizations host events like resource fairs and festivals, and we provide tips and tools to help make Pima County safer, including gun locks and expungement information. Events like these are especially important in the underserved communities we visit, where several neighborhoods have reported to us that it’s the first contact they’ve ever had with PCAO.
Every day, I get to work with so many good people who are answering the call to make Pima County a better, stronger, and safer place, facing the myriad challenges in our community with compassion and humility. I guess they’re the collective reason why I go home after every PCAO event with so much hope and optimism.
It’s long past time that we honor these champions of stronger and healthier communities. Help us do just that as we host our inaugural Community Safety Awards (CSA)!
Visit pcao.pima.gov/safety-awards and fill out the nomination form. Tell us about someone you know who’s gone above and beyond to make Pima County a safer place and provide as many details as possible so our CSA committee can make the most informed decision when selecting honorees. We’ll announce them in March! Until then, I look forward to seeing you at one of our events, working together to build community across Pima County.