Employees' names are not listed individually, so if you know someone write to him or her directly. If you do not know someone personally, write a general note of appreciation and e-mail it to me at Crissy@mikacdc.org. I will compile them all and send them to individual employees.
If you don't know what to say, simply tell them, "You count. What you do matters."
Let's be the kind of community that respects each other's work and honors our dignity as human beings. I am going to start with the Animal Control team. They have picked up my crazy dog on numerous occasions, and I appreciate them.
I am a big fan of the handwritten note, so I am going to go that route. How great would it be if we get enough people writing to thank all of our city staff! Will you show your appreciation?
Fellow Costa Mesans, you count. Your voices and work matters. It matters that we live in a place where bright residents with knowledge, experience and expertise bring that forth to serve our city. Whether we agree or not, you count, and your work for our community matters.
Someone does notice.
CRISSY BROOKS, a lifelong Costa Mesa resident, is the executive director and co-founder of MIKA. She lives on the city's Westside and is active in community service. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.