Dayna Carr: Reaching Local in Greensboro, North Carolina
At the core of everything is relationship. We live here. We are residents in this community, and we are neighbors to the people that surround us. As you live in and become part of the fabric of the community, you more clearly understand the needs there.
I spent a summer here in the community of Glenwood, and pretty quickly found that it was similar to how I grew up. I felt like if I could use my story in a way that would help other kids, then that was a good way to invest my time.
I direct an after-school tutoring program in the community. We found that the majority of our kids didn’t have books at home, so we started the Little Free Library. These book boxes give kids easy access to take a book, leave a book, or borrow a book—all they have to do is walk down the street.
I also mentor a group of high school girls. We get together every week to hang out and do homework and just live life together. These girls are incredible pictures of resilience, and a beautiful reflection of community.
What made me really excited about InFaith is the focus on reaching local. There’s been some hard stuff in my background. But I can take those hard things and use them to encourage others.