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The Greater Cause
Some Good Reasons for Doing Good

With all that takes place in our lives, it can sometimes be easy to overlook the fact that we’re part of something greater than ourselves—a collective consciousness, the Universe, a greater cause. Because of our tendency to forget this, we might make decisions in our lives that don’t reflect that responsibility that comes with this belonging. All too often, we focus just on the short-term, tangible gain to ourselves without worrying about its consequences. Other times, we may discard the greater cause because it seems like “hard work.” The challenge is to expand our minds so that we transcend the distinction between self and others, so we are aware of how our choices and actions can impact a greater cause.

Contributing to the greater cause doesn’t have to be all about self-sacrifice. For example, if you plant a tree in a community space, its shelter will cool and protect you as well as your neighbors. Or, your reward might be in the form of the beauty that you now see in that space or the sincere smiles of appreciation from neighbors. When you serve the greater cause you also serve your greater good. There is nothing that you cannot do for your highest good that will not benefit the good of all. For example, saying no to a relationship that isn’t right for you not only benefits you but serves the greater good of the other person that you are honoring with your honesty. Saying yes to your dream job not only fulfills you but also serves the people that will benefit from your enthusiasm and productivity.

When you know you are serving a greater cause, there is little room for fear and doubt. You know that what you do will benefit others, so there is no way the universe is not going to support your efforts – even if sometimes it may not look that way. Serving the greater cause allows you to live from the space of your greatness. When you know that what you do can serve a greater cause, you are aware of your power and ability to influence and create change in this world.

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The Community of Sutton has long been in need of a new community facility to serve as both a Library and a Community Resource Center.

Sutton Community Resource Center Location:
PO Box 266
Sutton Alaska 99674

Phone:
907 745-4467

Email:
Sutton Library

 

The building we are currently housed in was formerly the Sutton Fire Hall.  It is more than 30 years and 2,250 square feet it has become too small to house an adequate library collection or provide space to our community for programming needs.

In September of 2002, the community of Sutton began its quest for a new facility. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has secured a piece of property for the new facility and we have a conceptual design completed.

The Alpine Historical Park located adjacent to the new library site will be sharing our facility’s infrastructure.  The Historic O’Neil House, situated on The Alpine Historical Park property has been identified as the selected site, by the Glenn Highway Byways Committee as the Glenn Highway Visitors Center.

 

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The current library is the center of our community:

It is our Community Resource Center

We provide a variety of services for the entire community. 

Our regular library services include:

 

  • A Summer Reading Program
  • Pre-School Story Hours
  • Teen Programming
  • Baby Lap-Sit
  • After School Programming
  • Adult Book Club
  • Foreign Film Club
  • Adult Programming
  • Fly – Tying
  • Travel
  • Energy
  • Satellite Job Service Center
  • Public Health Clinic’s
  • Programming to Local Elementary Schools
  • Delivering Mat-Su Borough Forms and Services
  • Provide Meeting Space
  • Offer wireless Service
  • Copy Machines, Fax and notary services

We anticipate the total budget for this project to be $3,2 million. To date we have received funding and commitment in the amount of $765,572.

We need your support and donations to complete our project.  Any money donated could be used for purposes you specify or deferral of construction costs.

 

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The Sutton Community Resource Center is currently on the Mat-Su Borough’s Capital Improvement List which has been submitted to the Alaska State Legislature.  We are hopeful that the bill was passed, SB119 sponsored by Senator Bert Stedman and will receive funding this year.

 

The Mat-Su Borough has included the Sutton Community Resource Center on their priority list of Federal Economic Stimulus Projects, submitted to our US Congressional delegation.

 

Please Write to our list of Legislators of your support for this project, any donations would be appreciated.

We look forward to the challenge of this proposal, increasing our size while maintaining the atmosphere and the values of our community.

We thank you for your consideration

Click on Links Below to email your support letter

Representative Don Young

Representative John Harris

Representative Wes Keller

Senator Be​rt Stedman

Senator Ch​arlie Huggi​ns

Senator Ge​ne Therriau​lt

Senator Li​nda Menard

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Senator Mark Begich

Representative Bill Stoltze

Representative Mark Neuman

Representative Carl Gatto