This summer, the news in Trenton seems focused on violence and disorder. It’s important to view our challenges through clear lenses – the annual murder record will be set soon, and it’s only August – but it’s also important to see the good work and positive news. The Trenton region has strong groups and leaders with integrity that, like us, live and work here. We choose to be here, investing in places and people with thoughtfulness and yes, high expectations for the long haul. Isles is one of numerous groups that collaborate across the region to see meaningful change happen.
They may not get the media coverage, but these collaborations are evident all across the city and county. You can see them building 50 community gardens and beautifying the Princeton landscapes of Morven Museum & Garden and Drumthwacket. Working with residents and other organizations, Isles and volunteers have created lush oases and beautiful art in Trenton, while encouraging young people to learn and grow outside the city. At the same time, volunteers gain new skills and knowledge, and the landscapes of the county become more beautiful.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and keep your eyes on the prize – not just the challenges we face.