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In the 2013 Quality of Life Indicators report just released by Pikes Peak United Way, our region's "most notable success" in the realm of community engagement was in how we've responded to the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires. "An outpouring of community support and generosity for first responders and evacuees" is cited as having helped the region achieve something of a recovery.

Which, of course, is great. But when the TV isn't relaying images of homes burning or floods raging, what happens to that "love thy neighbor" mentality, that drive to make this a better place to live?

We'd like to think it hangs around, manifesting itself in a million different ways. And that for many people, that means participation in the Independent's Give! campaign.

In 2009, we debuted this initiative designed to raise awareness and money for deserving local nonprofits — those often-small groups that, say, support veterans, boost at-risk kids, or rescue animals. People responded admirably to this new idea, giving a total of $198,000 to 29 groups.

By 2012, those numbers had boomed to $982,000 and 58, respectively.

Now in the campaign's fifth year, the Indy and its partner, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, are shooting to exceed a million dollars raised. So between Friday's kickoff party and the end of the year, 59 groups will be in the spotlight — as will our reputation for generosity. Check out the insert tucked into this week's print issue, or visit indygive.com, to see if Give! 2013 rouses your best self.

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