By James E. Lukaszewski, ABC, Fellow IABC; APR, Fellow PRSA; BEPS Emeritus
Civility and niceness begins with each one of us. Here’s one great example of a lot of people being helpful and decent to others, and the source is surprising.
Maybe that’s the nicest thing about civility and decency, they’re simple surprises given selflessly.
“A new program being rolled out across several Twin Cities police departments has officers handing out coupons to drivers with broken lights, instead of tickets.
The reason is so that drivers with low incomes don’t have to choose between paying for minor repairs and paying for food…
How it works
The police departments have teamed up with Minneapolis nonprofit MicroGrants, plus Bobby & Steve’s Auto World for the program.
When a driver is pulled over for a broken turn signal, head light, tail light or brake light, they could get a coupon for free light repairs at Bobby & Steve’s.
The program is aimed at low-income people, so the drivers who will get coupons are those enrolled in partner programs with MicroGrants, which provides grant funding to help poorer people with the cost of education, small businesses or transportation.
Around 20,000 people are currently enrolled with MicroGrants in Minnesota.”
14 Minnesota city police departments are taking part. More cities in Minnesota are preparing to roll out such a program.
The lesson for this program and for building civility in all of our lives: When you see something happy and helpful, say something happy and helpful. Send it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll echo your thoughts and deeds. America has to get civil a lot more openly, every day. Start with simple decencies by you in your city or town today and every day.