AMERICANS have stopped joining groups, volunteering, and even voting. It's a statistically proven fact—except in Union, Oregon. The town only has a little more than 2,000 residents, but most are frequent volunteers, active members of several groups, and enthusiastic voters. What is Union's secret for civic involvement?
Explore pioneer traditions and modern examples of volunteering in this town of Victorian charm and consider the economic necessity of volunteers in rural communities.
Keys to Success
Learn why many Americans have lost their connection with community, and the factors that keep civic traditions alive in Union and in Portland.
Find out how you can make a difference. Discover resources and organizations for volunteering and building social networks.