To the editor:

I invite and encourage all of you to educate yourselves regarding, and participate in, the Envision Jefferson County vision and action plan process.

The goal is to develop and implement a plan of action to improve the quality of life here in Jefferson County.

Only through broad participation by citizens of Jefferson County can this process be truly effective. If you have the passion to devote your time to improving the lives of your fellow citizens, not to mention your friends and family, please participate in the upcoming events scheduled for the public to provide input.

We are lucky, in many ways, to be residents of Jefferson County. However, the reality, that one in four children in our county lives in poverty, is unacceptable and leaves much room for improvement.

A desire to improve and act is a good start, but without a plan that provides direction, much effort is wasted.

Please join us in developing and implementing a plan of action to improve the quality of life here in Jefferson County.

Jason J. Pattison,

Envision Jefferson County committee member