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.  

July 19, 2017
Learning about volunteer firefighters sparks adventure
Learning about volunteer firefighters sparks adventure

I never imagined that I would be behind the steering wheel of a firetruck, but I got the chance to not only ride in but drive a firetruck this summer. I also learned about the amazing work of the Thomaston Volunteer Fire Department. Sixteen volunteers give up their time to train and respond to emergencies and fires.

By Magnolia Wilson
July 18, 2017
Take a book, leave a book
Take a book, leave a book

The Elba community now has three locations to swap books. Books for all ages can be found in the Book Swap boxes at Tiger Town Park, Marrow Village and Kendrick Apartments. Simply take a book and leave a book. Laurie Chapman, executive director of Restoration154, worked with me to bring the book swap idea to Elba this summer.

By Emily Vick
July 18, 2017
Food hub offers healthy connections
Food hub offers healthy connections

Dr. Frannie Koe, a family physician in Collinsville loves to share her a passion for organic farming and sustainability. In fact, she loves it so much she devoted space in her medical clinic to offer tomatoes, cucumbers and more on Tuesday afternoons. Describing the hub, Koe said, “It’s like a farmers’ market except we match local organic and sustainable farmers with families who want to buy local produce in the community.” 

By Whitney Sutton
July 17, 2017
The Bookworm Connects Communities with Books
The Bookworm Connects Communities with Books

The Marengo County Library in Linden serves the people of the city and county by providing access to books, computers and more. The library’s Bookworm program is expanding services beyond the walls of the library. This program, started in September of 2016, delivers books door-to-door to people who are elderly, handicapped, or disabled.

By Magnolia Wilson
July 12, 2017
My guide to church hopping in Elba
My guide to church hopping in Elba

For the past seven Sundays, I have had the opportunity to visit different churches around Elba. Attending these various churches has been eye opening. The visits have created opportunities to build relationships as I joined several different congregations. So how exactly do you church hop? You just pick one and walk in!

By Emily Vick