Building community begins with individuals connecting to each other. At a very basic level, this happens when people witness, or acknowledge, each other, simply with good eye contact and a smile. Yet even in years without a pandemic, many people do not have that sense of connectedness with others. They feel isolated, forgotten. The past 2 years have been even more challenging, as evidenced by the rise in mental health issues, alcohol consumption, and drug misuse and overdoses.
That’s why the Warren Coalition has inviting the entire community of Warren County—businesses, schools, organizations, clubs, families, and individuals—to engage in a witnessing campaign called “We See You, Warren County.” Participants will commit to greeting others with a smile and a standard monthly greeting—for example, the September 2021 greeting was simply, “Hello, I hope you have a wonderful day.” The greeting can be used for everyone, both those you know personally and those you don’t.
Participants are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #WeCUWC. Businesses and organizations will receive a window cling to show they are participating. Each month, the Warren Coalition will feature up to 50 We See You participants on this website and on the Warren Coalition social media accounts.