The Rye Civic League informs citizens about “all things Rye” via a monthly newsletter titled “Rye Civic News”. The League encourages direct democracy by providing residents with factual current affairs and offers a forum for discussion and assistance for action. We hope your interest in the league will encourage you to participate in community decision-making and help mold the future of Rye.
Studies show that communities exhibiting a high level of civic engagement boast a higher quality of life with lower crime rates, better-educated children, and more effective governments. S. Mark Pancer
Adults who engage in civic events are healthier and happier! They have high self-esteem, lower levels of depression, a greater sense of social responsibility, and healthy social relationships.
Did you know that…
- Young people who participate in community organizations and engage in community service, develop respect for peers and teachers. They are less likely to smoke, abuse drugs and alcohol, engage in delinquent acts, or drop out of school.
- Parents influence their children’s civic activities by serving as role models of engagement, transmitting their values through discussion with their children, and linking them to community organizations. Studies show that children whose families engaged in civic matters were two or three times as likely to be community-minded and volunteer when they became adults, compared to children whose parents didn’t get involved.*
- Older individuals who volunteer in their community, compared to those who do not, experience a 40% to 50% reduction in mortality during their senior years.*
*S. Mark Pancer The Psychology of Citizenship and Civic Engagement
The Civic League encourages everyone to take their seat at the table to exercise their right to influence and implement our town’s services and facilities. The League capitalizes on the ideas and talents of all its members. We encourage you to share your thoughts!