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Want To Start A 'Neighbor Brigade' In CT?


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Sarah Cody

Mommy Minute

6:23 AM EDT, May 24, 2013

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Quite awhile ago, I clipped an article out of People Magazine because I was intrigued by one of it's features in the "Heroes Among Us" section.  The story profiled the creator of a group called the Neighbor Brigade.  When Pam Washek was fighting cancer, she was touched by the friends and neighbors who offered to drive her to treatments, cook a meal for her family or shuttle her kids to sports practice.  She took this notion of "neighborly kindness" to a bigger level and started a volunteer organization which now has 3-thousand members who help families through difficult times with simple acts of kindness.

So, I was just cleaning my office...found the clipping...and logged onto the group's web site for further investigation. 

Since the piece appeared in People, Washek passed away, succumbing to her cancer in 2012.  This article from the Boston Globe details the amazing woman that she was...and her incredible legacy that remains.

According to the group's Facebook page, members continue to participate in events to raise awareness about Pam's mission.

So, of course, I wondered if there were any off-shoots here in Connecticut.

But, it looks like there are only chapters in Massachusetts, where this all began in Washek's hometown of Wayland.

What an important, do-able idea.  I'm sure it's just a matter of time before the concept spreads South.

Anyone here in Connecticut inspired?