In my college days, prospective students often asked me what I thought of my alma mater -- Loyola Marymount University. I told them the same thing I tell people about Tracy:
Get to know people, get involved, become a part of something, and you'll love it. If you just want a place to park your rear, you might want to find someplace else.
People don’t brag about their hometowns because of a flashy swim center or a bunch of baseball fields -- community pride comes from being a community.
That means you do more than just choose to live somewhere. It means being involved.
In the spirit of getting involved and meeting President Obama's inaugural challenge to be responsible for our communities, Second Thoughts has compiled a list and contact info for charities that get help from the local United Way (full disclosure, I'm a new member of the UW's Tracy Community Council).
Get in touch with these or other charities to help, and become a part of, your community:
American Cancer Society: 941-2676
Big Brothers & Big Sisters: 916-646-9300
Tracy Boys & Girls Clubs: 832-2582
Community Center for the Blind: 466-3836, http://www.communitycenterfortheblind.org/
Give Every Child a Chance: 830-7275
Hospice of San Joaqiun: 957-3888, http://www.hospicesj.org/
McHenry House Family Shelter: 835-2328
Pregnancy Resource Center: 836-4415
Second Harvest Food Bank: 833-3663
Tracy Art League: 836-5842, http://www.tracyartleague.org/
Tracy Interfaith Ministries: 836-5424, http://www.tracyinterfaith.org/
Women's Center of San Joaquin: 941-2611, hotline 465-4878