Nicole Cashin

Nicole Cashin is the Coordinator of Citizens Advocacy Athens-Clarke, Georgia. A native Georgian who graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 with a BA in Marketing, Nicole has called Athens “home” for a decade, is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and worked at Flagpole Magazine before joining the Citizen Advocacy family in 2011. She loves being a part of Citizen Advocacy because she believes that relationships are the key to happiness and living a good life.

Escaping to Freedom of Association and Neighborliness

In his groundbreaking study of American associational life (Bowling Alone, 2000), Robert Putnam found that until the late 1960s, Americans' participation in associational life steadily increased. Beginning in the 70s, this participation began a decline that continues to this...