Choose Civility

Choose Civility with Mayor Morriss

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!