The new and evolving Unity in the CommUNITY (UITC) organization will be introduced to Milford and surrounding communities on Sunday, July 31. The founding members of the group are somewhat of an “odd couple”- Sean Strub, Mayor of Milford, and Lisa Emery, his former mayoral opponent. Although Stub and Emery have differing ideas on many issues, after all the political signs came down, they both realized they did have a couple of things in common.
“Although Lisa and I were once political opponents, there is no question that we share a love and commitment towards our community,” said Strub. “That is what became our common ground. That is what we built upon.”
What Sean and Lisa also shared was a concern about the damaging effects of both national and local politics on their neighborhood. However, both were also committed to addressing it and created what has now become the UITC organization.
Group members of UITC come from diverse backgrounds, political parties, and religious affiliations. Like the founders, group members have agreed that their individual differences are to be respected and valued, for a better organization and community.
The group has been meeting these past months with a focus on how to foster unity and create a positive community spirit through sponsored events, workshops, and neighborhood get-togethers. The first neighborhood get-together will be on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Ann St. Park in Milford.
“Working these past months as part of the Unity in the CommUNITY group has been amazing,” said Emery, who has been active in both the organization and planning the upcoming event. “We’ve had conversations about our common interests and concerns without the need to ever discuss politics or religion. We believe that by embracing our individual differences we will be able to create better programs and events for our community. If we can continue to scale this concept and bring it to a broader audience, everyone wins; individuals, neighborhoods, and our local businesses.”
Story contributed by Paula Luckring, UITC member.
We’ve had conversations about our common interests and concerns without the need to ever discuss politics or religion. We believe that by embracing our individual differences we will be able to create better programs and events for our community. - Lisa Emery