Opinion: Members of Tigard community pull together to help meet the needs of their neighbors.

With my father serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, my family moved frequently as I was growing up, but I've been thinking a lot lately about how grateful I am we put down roots here in Oregon and how lucky I am to call so many of the folks here in Tigard my neighbors. Rep, Margaret Doherty

As your state representative, I have the opportunity to attend many wonderful community events and each of them is a great reminder of how special a place Tigard, and all of the people that call it home, truly are.

For example, just recently I attended a local fundraiser to support our kids and the Tigard-Tualatin School District, and I was reminded of how hard so many in our community work to make sure kids here have the resources they need to succeed. From raising money to support programs to preparing meals for families that are experiencing hardship, there are so many good things that happen here in our community that don't always get the news coverage, but nonetheless still continue to happen each and every day.

Even beyond our schools, members of community pull together to help meet the needs of so many in Tigard. I think about the strength of the Tigard faith community and their work to help serve our homeless population by opening their doors to provide a shower and a hot meal. This effort is supported by our small businesses who lend their support to organizations like Just Compassion of East Washington County to help ease the burden on those struggling to meet their basic needs. All of this work happens not because folks are in pursuit of recognition, but because Tigard is a community that looks out for each other.

We are lucky to have so many citizens who participate in our local service groups to raise money and awareness for so many important causes. From raising money to support the Tigard Police K-9 program to ensuring that kids have warm coats during the coldest winter months, there never seems to be any shortage of caring people willing to step up and serve.

And, of course, we are so lucky to have so many public servants looking out for our community. Our teachers, city workers, emergency responders are among a long list of remarkable folks that keep Tigard moving in the right direction. Even while Tigard has experienced large population growth, it truly feels like we have never lost the charm and interconnectedness of a small town — it is evident from the pride you experience at our local student athletic events to the neighborly "hello" you receive in our local businesses.

There are thousands of other citizens, and so many other groups and organizations, who do little things every day to make life better here in our community, and I am so grateful to be your neighbor and represent you in the Oregon Legislature.

I hope the next time you drive into the city limits and read the sign "Tigard — A Place to Call Home" you'll be reminded of what a great community we have and how lucky we are to call this special place home.

State Rep. Margaret Doherty represents House District 35 in the Oregon Legislature. She easily won re-election on Nov. 6.

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