A Beginner's Guide to Cultivating Caring Communities
Published by: Indiana University Press
Anger and hopelessness can overwhelm communities like weeds. So what can everyday people do to actually grow some good in their own hometown? Growing Good: A Beginner's Guide to Cultivating Caring Communities shows how ordinary people have transformed themselves into volunteers and activists. Centered mostly in the midwestern city of Evansville, Indiana, editor Bill Hemminger brings together the stories of normal people who have rolled up their sleeves and worked to make their community a better place by serving in food pantries, shelters, and schools. A teacher and his student started a native plant garden to help local insects thrive in a disused corner of their school property. A woman saw a billboard and was moved to become a voice for children in need. A professional photographer offered his services to people experiencing homelessness in order to help others witness their humanity. Hemminger also writes of his own extensive experience with community gardening to feed hungry neighbors. Filled with simple actions, clear steps, and useful lists, including how to care for and nurture your own inner peace and creativity, Growing Good will help readers of all ages plant seeds of hope and cultivate communities where everyone will thrive.
Introduction: "Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?", by William Hemminger
1. Why Both Feed the Line and Reduce the Line?, by John A. Elliott
2. A Refuge in the City, by Shelley Dewig
3. Made for Belonging: Spiritual Practice and the Pleasures of Bridge-Building, by Kyle Kramer
4. Standing Up to the Super, by Wendy Bredhold
5. Making Your Garden Native and Natural, by Cris G. Hochwender and Anna Jean Stratman
6. A Community of Gardeners, by William Hemminger
7. Sister Joanna's House of Bread and Peace, by Jes Pope
8. Creating Community, by Amy Rich
9. Friends and Neighbors: Photographs from the Open Door Community, by R. Calvin Kimbrough Jr.
10. Advocating for Children, by Trisha Brown, Yvonne Mans, and Sally Carr
11. Books to Open Young Minds: For Preschool through Middle School, by Kamela Jordan
12. The Sweet Spot of Climate Action, by Jim Poyser