Why Michael Omidi Co-Founded Civic Duty
Teachers are, without a doubt, supremely heroic. Every day budgets for public education are slashed all over the country, programs are removed and administrative staff is fired–leaving teachers to pick up the pieces of a shattered education system for no additional money and often in dangerous neighborhoods. Teachers must act as their own assistants, janitors, IT staff and school supply purchasers. These are just some of the reasons my brother and I were inspired to start Civicduty.org, so that teachers and other members of our communities whose actions so often go unrewarded get a little recognition and gratitude. It is the help and support of these individuals that makes the world a more beautiful, safe and friendly place to live.
Provide Support to Those Making a Positive Difference
Everyone needs a helping hand once in awhile. Whether we need extra tutoring in school, someone to help us out of a jam or help finding a job; friends and acquaintances who help us without expecting repayment make the society in which we live a more pleasant and comfortable place. My brother Julian Omidi and I wanted to create a site dedicated to acknowledging the great work that our everyday heroes do, with the goal of saying thank you, and encouraging others to possibly follow suit.
Who are everyday heroes? An everyday hero can be a police officer who pays special attention to people in his or her community, or a teacher that spends his or her free time tutoring and counseling students, or a community leader that organizes special programs for at risk neighborhood youth. An everyday hero can be a parent who provides his or her children with love, care and support during trying circumstances, or a food vender who drives out to a neighborhood that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in order to give the residents free sandwiches. Everyday heroes give us hope, support and kindness. It doesn’t matter how big or small these services are; the only important thing is the generosity of the sentiments.
Our goal at Civicduty.org is to give people who think of others first the recognition they deserve. We use our newsroom to bring stories of generous people to greater public attention, and we want to encourage readers to let us know if there is anyone in their lives that merits notice or thanks for the work that they do for their communities. Perhaps you know of someone in your community, school or workplace that has gone above and beyond the call of duty. If someone has helped you or others in your community without an expectation of compensation, we would like to hear about it. By letting readers know that the world is peopled with individuals that truly care about their communities. We hope our site endorses a spirit of service that makes our society a little bit better.