Home page of the Living Democracy program

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 17, 2019
Check out books, blood pressure at this library
Check out books, blood pressure at this library

In addition to checking out books and summer programs, visitors can now stop by the Washington County Public Library for a free blood pressure check.

June 14, 2019
Giving to the Giving Garden
Giving to the Giving Garden

Behind the old jail and its rusted-out cells, new life sprouts every year in Elba. The community's Giving Garden is a plot of land where volunteers can help grow cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, and other produce that is then donated to the Elba Community Food Bank.

By Jack West
June 13, 2019
Elba Rotary Club members network to learn, serve
Elba Rotary Club members network to learn, serve

Inside of the First Baptist Church in Elba, just around lunchtime on Tuesday, you can find the intersection of community service and community business. The members vary in age, background, profession, but they all make up the Rotary Club in Elba.

By Whitt Watts
June 12, 2019
BAMA KIDS Inc. builds Wilcox County success story
BAMA KIDS Inc. builds Wilcox County success story

After nurturing children in Wilcox County for more than 25 years, BAMA KIDS Inc. is in full swing again this summer with a full slate of educational and recreational opportunities provided for more than 70 children.

By Laura Thompson
June 11, 2019
Lou Schell loves life on the road and at home in Chatom
Lou Schell loves life on the road and at home in Chatom

When talking with Inda Lou Schell in Chatom, Alabama, three things become evident: one, community is an essential part of life; two, the sky’s the limit; three, “people [truly] make the difference.” Schell is a Chatom native who was born in “a farmhouse three miles out of town.” 

By Melissa Dennis