BUILDING COMMUNITYAt Cultural Crossroads, we firmly believe in the ability of people to work together for a common goal, with the result of the creation of what The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. termed the “beloved community” – a community of inclusion, justice and love. Our vision of a “shared future” depends upon shared responsibility for our future. We firmly believe that most people want that community and will work to achieve that community.To help you in your search to help build that kind of community, Cultural Crossroads offers these possibilities for involvement and participation. VOTER REGISTRATIONFirst, of course, you should be registered to vote in your jurisdiction. If you are not sure if you are registered, check Vote.org. If you are not registered, go to the USA.gov voter registration page.Are you interested in helping others to register to vote? In the local KC area, you can contact the Kansas Voter Registration Project (which registers both KS and MO voters) at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go to the RockTheVotewebsite Action Center to find out how to volunteer in your area.Want to become more informed about voter registration and the process in general? See the information produced by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law.MEET PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT FAITHSIn the Kansas City area, the primary organization is the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (www.kcinterfaith.org) but many other organizations work on peace through interfaith understanding, like the Faith Always Wins Foundation (www.givesevendays.org), the Crescent Peace Society (www.crescentpeace.org), the Dialogue Institute (www.thedialogueinstitute.org) and many other organizations. You can search the internet for your own area to find local organizations, like the Arizona Interfaith Movement (www.interfaithmovement.com) in Phoenix, Arizona, the Chicago Interfaith Coalition (www.facebook.com/ChicagoInterfaithCoalition), the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (www.gbio.org), and similar organizations nationwide.MEET PEOPLE INTERESTED IN PEACEIn the Kansas City area, a good place to start is with the community organization listing published by PeaceWorks at www.peaceworkskc.org/directory. Also, contact the International Relations Council (www.irckc.org) and Global Ties KC (www.globalties.kc.org) for both volunteer opportunities and opportunities to meet local people with your same interests and people from other countries.VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN EDUCATIONL3 Love Literacy Lifewww.loveliteracylife.orgHelping children at Mark Twain Elementary School in KCK, focusing on reading, science, technology, engineering, math, and art. To the World, Inc.www.ToTheWorldLove.comA nonprofit 501c3 organization practicing shoestring philanthropy for those who need us, including elementary schools inKansas City, Missouri.