It used to be that everyone helped each other. If you needed help moving, or babysitting, or cleaning up a lawn, you had a bunch of friends to share to load and they had you to help them. Today, most people don’t even know their neighbors. This is partially due to the lack of local business support. When people use a major corporation to do most of their shopping they lose the local connection.
In the ONEMOVEMENT Community, people meet their neighbors while supporting local businesses. They look forward to visiting a new local business every month and getting a new reward. The business looks forward to local customers and those customers become friends. OneMovement members share tips on their favorite local business. The thriving local businesses create new local jobs, unique experiences and a neighborhood that has flavor. When a local community knows each other, the less fortunate don’t fall through the cracks. Community ties help support members who need help, lowering social problems.
So that simple Paper Plate you shared leads to a new job, an introduction to a friend, all the way to a single mother getting help with babysitting. When we hang out together and share together, we support each other.
But that’s just the beginning. The neighbor effect also helps the poor. The most difficult thing about poverty is that it brings with it so many other problems. Imagine an inner-city area that has poverty and you imagine that comes with crime, high dropout rates, violence, health problems, homelessness, addiction, and abuse. Now imagine that same area after OneMovement unites them. Neighbors support each other. The local stores have available jobs for young people. Violence is stopped because everyone is watching out for everyone else. School performance goes up because there are support and food on the table. There is no traction for drugs and crime to take hold.
All that from a single Paper Plate.