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One of the best ways to measure impact is to imagine what the world would be like without someone, or something. The classic film ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ expertly shows us how vastly different the lives of the people we love would be if one didn’t exist.

So try to conceive of our community without that amazing artist, or the successful entrepreneur, or the effective activist, or the savvy business owner, or the tireless volunteer? What would we be missing? What would we miss? How would life be less fulfilling or joyful?

A ‘Community Contributor’ is a person, like George Bailey, who, just by being themselves, changes the lives of everyone around them, without even knowing their impact. These are the stories of the folks who, because of their vision and passion, leave the community better than how they found it.