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Living Democracy brings together students and citizens to collaborate on issues of concern to Alabama communities. Coordinated by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the project prepares undergraduate college students for civic life through living-learning experiences in the summer.  

June 26, 2015
Lighthouse Soup Kitchen Provides Beacon of Hope in Randolph County
Lighthouse Soup Kitchen Provides Beacon of Hope in Randolph County

Just as traditional lighthouses guided ships into port, the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen in Roanoke seeks to be a beacon of hope by providing a hot meal every Thursday night.  The Lighthouse is supported by 16 teams from churches in Randolph County.

By Joy Porter
June 25, 2015
Edmundite Missions has a Mission to Serve
Edmundite Missions has a Mission to Serve

As of this year, Dallas County has a poverty rate of 31.3 percent, according to Alabama Possible, a non-profit organization that serves as a resource to educate communities and reduce systemic poverty across Alabama. More than 40 percent of families live below the poverty level.

By Illyshia Parker
June 25, 2015
Old-fashioned Jefferson Country Store Serves Barbecue and Community
Old-fashioned Jefferson Country Store Serves Barbecue and Community

The floorboards creak as you walk into the Jefferson Country Store, the sound helping customers step back in time. The Jefferson Country Store on Alabama Highway 28 was built in 1957 and has been open ever since, except for one year when the owner was ill.

By Amy Hudson
June 25, 2015
Drug Abuse Creates Wicked Problem for Small Towns
Drug Abuse Creates Wicked Problem for Small Towns

In a small town like Collinsville with less than 2,000 residents, most people usually know who their neighbors are, what family they belong to, where they work, what church they attend, what cars they drive, and sometimes a lot more.

By Crystal Rawls
June 23, 2015
Tiger Town Park Reflects Spirit of Elba
Tiger Town Park Reflects Spirit of Elba

What used to house classrooms, offices, teachers and students at Elba High is now the entrance to Tiger Town Park and serves as a symbol of the resilience and innovation the people of Elba have come to master. Today, on the campus of the old high school, a menagerie of repurposed structures and spaces greets visitors.

By Caroline Allen