The laundry list of reasons why locals love living in Huntington Beach is endless, but that doesn’t mean the community isn’t striving to make it even better. Volunteering is nothing new for residents of Huntington Beach and the vast network of community groups and nonprofit organizations are banding together to make a big difference.
In 2009, British Author Karen Armstrong launched the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities to encourage governmental, nonprofit and religious groups to come together to improve the community as a whole. Huntington Beach was named a “compassionate city” in August by the City Council in effort to honor what has already been done within the community and encourage more proactive movements to take place.
“It’s about calling [the various groups] together, and about calling other people in the community together, neighbor to neighbor, to practice the Golden Rule,” the Rev. Peggy Price, a founder of the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council told the Huntington Beach Independent. “It’s found in almost every culture and religion in the world.”
Huntington Beach is the first city in Orange County to receive the honorable tag and roughly a dozen groups, including the Human Relations Task Force, Interfaith Council and the Assistance League of Huntington Beach, have joined or shown interest in joining the Compassionate City Committee.
At the same time, the Huntington Beach Downtown Task Force met January 9 to discuss ways to improve downtown structures, lighting and more. The council has made significant progress in the past five months and officials hope to continue moving forward to make Huntington Beach an even better place to call home.
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