Choose Civility

Choose Civility with Mayor Morriss

Be Kind to Cumberland!

What’s your favorite thing about Cumberland?  Do you have a favorite place in the city you love to go?  A fun activity that brings a smile to your face?  A cherished memory? Or, maybe it is the people who make your day? 

As “Day of Civility” approaches on April 23, we want to encourage positivity in Cumberland by asking you to highlight what you love about the community and the great resources that are available.  Email your contribution to:  BeKind@cumberlandmd.gov between April 1-14 and we will share our favorites beginning on April 15!

Plus, everyone submitting a positive thought, cherished memory, or favorite place, etc. will be entered into a random drawing to win one of two $50 gift cards.  Winners will be announced on the “Day of Civility” - April 23!

So, start sharing - we look forward to hearing more about what you love!

Joining a number of local organizations, the City of Cumberland is pleased to be a community partner of Allegany County’s Choose Civility program, a grassroots initiative to improve and enrich Allegany County by promoting civil conversations and kindness towards others by practicing these 15 principles:

  • Pay attention
  • Assume the best
  • Listen
  • Respect other people’s time and space
  • Speak kindly
  • Accept and give constructive criticism
  • Respect other’s opinions
  • Accept and give praise
  • Be inclusive
  • Acknowledge others
  • Be a considerate guest
  • Apologize earnestly
  • Take Responsibility
  • Assert yourself
  • Refrain from idle complaints

Based on the principles of P.M. Forni’s book, Choosing Civility, this program puts into practice rules for connecting effectively with others – at home, at work and in our daily encounters.

Become engaged with your community, friends and family and get involved with Choose Civility by visiting the Allegany County Library’s Choose Civility page and be sure to like the Facebook page so you can stay informed of all the events.  Change begins with you!