By Barry Barbe

Rose Marie Anreozzi has been making book bags for the Chino Valley Public Library for close to eight years. Over that time she has made literally hundreds of bags and given them not only to the library, but also Friends of the Prescott Public Library.

A local nonprofit operating since 1968, FPPL is pivotal in supplying money that allows Prescott’s Living Room to enhance tools and programs to patrons. Rose Marie’s gift of book bags has resulted in raising thousands of dollars for the program through their sale.

Ashley Fine is passionate about her school children at Skyview School. As the school garden teacher, she brings a unique and important message to students on the importance of caring for our environment and how we all interact on the most basic yet most important of levels.

“Ashley is the school garden teacher at Skyview School. She has tirelessly worked to develop a stellar school garden and school garden program and to share it with the community. Ashley is always available for tours and consultations. She is an inspiration to school garden teachers around the Prescott area,” said Chef Molly Beverly.

Molly Freibott and her team at Prism Network help build bridges for the LGBTQ community in our community. The nonprofit provides support, resources and education in Northern Arizona including offering support groups for families and caregivers.

During COVID, the group provided care boxes to individuals in need of assistance. Molly herself has taken in children whose families have disowned them for being gay or trans and has an extensive “extended family.” She is very active in the Quad City Interfaith Council and is also present in the faith community. Her tireless work for those who are often cast away and ostracized can sometimes go unnoticed.

Everyone who works in the nonprofit world, whether as an employee or volunteer, possesses a certain amount of passion for the work they are doing.

The passion of Pat Trout and Fred Cone for Habitat for Humanity turned into a lifelong commitment… to each other.

The couple has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for over 20 years, with both Fred and Pat having served on the Board of Directors. This is where they first met, fell in love, and eventually married.

For years the couple has volunteered weekly at the Habitat ReStore. “They are always cheerful whether in the cold of winter or the heat of summer. They are an inspiration to the staff and a glowing example of their faith in action.”

These are only a few of your community members, neighbors and friends who quietly make a difference in our community.

For the past three years, a group of local residents (strangers at the time) were called together during the height of COVID with a common mission. The mission was simple, and much needed during a period of extreme negativity, rising depression and isolation: find and recognize those in our community who are doing good deeds.<br />

Under the leadership of Breeanya Hinkel, publisher of Prescott Woman Magazine, the group continues to source out and recognize those who are stepping up because it’s the right thing to do.

The motto of Finding and Making the Good is quite simple: Finding and Making the Good

celebrates the people within the Prescott Quad Cities doing, living, and creating positivity. We are people celebrating people.

Despite the headlines, or top news of the day, there are people around us every day who are making a positive difference in our communities.

Meeting every other month, the group of nine to 12 committee members solicit and review nominations gathered from throughout the quad-city area through their website. They then whittle the list down as to who will be recognized each month.

Once a decision has been made, the group plans a surprise rendezvous where the recipient is showered with thank yous and gifts from local businesses.

It really is a simple concept and one that we should all be participating in everyday. Look for and thank the good. Focus on the positive, and thank those who are thanklessly doing the good.

And it doesn’t stop at individuals. Past recipients also include groups and organizations such as Quixote’s Garage, a local day drop-in shelter where individuals can commune, use a phone, gather mail, or simply take a break; United Animal Friends; Blue Moon Horse Rescue; Catty Shack; St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Food Bank; and Real Hope. These are some of the more than 30 groups and individuals Finding and Making the Good has thanked.

Finding and Making the Good is supported by local businesses and individuals who share their vision that there are good people around us doing good things.

For more information, to participate, make a nomination, or donation, visit findingandmakingthegood.com and on Facebook.

Barry Barbe owns the El Gato Azul and Torme restaurants in Prescott, and is the energy and insight behind the Prescott Palette. His radio show, the Prescott Palette, is on KQNA 1130 AM, Saturdays at noon. Email:

Prespalette@gmail.com.

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