Leslie Stephen is the editor of The Abundant Community book and website.
Sixteen years ago the only grocery store in Chester, PA closed. Today, there’s “good food right around the corner" at Fare & Square, the nation’s first nonprofit grocery store, which is making healthy food available to all and stretching customers’ dollars so they get more for their money.… read more »
The Lanark County Food Bank in Ontario, Canada, believes in a little friendly competition, especially one like the Great Veggie Grow Off that benefits people who rely on the Food Bank to put nourishing food on their tables every day.… read more »
In Nebraska, a group of volunteers got together to do something about supporting community development in the state’s small towns. Their goal was to raise $25 million in ten years. That was in 1993. Today, the Nebraska Community Foundation and its affiliated funds have reinvested $222.7 million in Nebraska’s people and places.… read more »
Bikers against Child Abuse keeps kids safe from harm and is a great example of an association that de Tocqueville would call productive, prodigious, and almost unimaginable at the same time.… read more »
Summertime is the season for what the Central-Cocoanut neighborhood of Sarasota, Florida, calls “scavenger hunting.” Other people might call it “asset-mapping,” but that wouldn’t nearly capture how fun and fulfilling it is for the neighborkids to explore their neighborhood, write up stories of their adventures and share them with the community.… read more »