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 Choose Civility: Allegany County, MD

Choose Civility: Allegany County, MD


Choose Civility: Allegany County chooses to be a model of civility.


Choose Civility: Allegany County is a grassroots initiative to improve and enrich Allegany County by promoting civil       conversations and kindness toward others.

15 Principles

  1. Pay attention
  2. Assume the best
  3. Listen
  4. Respect other people’s time and space
  5. Speak kindly
  6. Accept and give constructive criticism
  7. Respect other’s opinions
  8. Accept and give praise
  9. Be inclusive
  10. Acknowledge others
  11. Be a considerate guest
  12. Apologize earnestly
  13. Take Responsibility
  14. Assert yourself
  15. Refrain from idle complaints
Choosing Civility by P.M. ForniStaff at Howard County Public Library started Choose Civility after being inspired by Dr. Forni and his book at a staff development day in 2006!

2019 Day of Civility – Thursday, April 11

Join us for activities and events all across the county!

Allegany County’s Community Partners

To become a community partner or for more information, download our Choose Civility Community Partner Agreement and contact Director of Programming, Jennifer Howell, at or 301-777-1200.

2018 Day of Civility Partners:

AES Warrior Run, Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, Allegany County Department of Emergency Services, Allegany County Department of Social Services, Allegany College of Maryland, Allegany County Government, Archway Station, Azad’s of Cumberland, CBIZ, Charis Winery, Community Strengthening Coalition, County United Way, Cumberland Housing Authority, Frostburg State University, Heart of the Earth Sanctuary & Rescue, Hunter Douglas, Leadership Allegany-Class of 2018, Maryland Legal Aid, MountainShine Creative, Our Lady of the Mountains Parish, Penny Walker Campaign, Queen City Creamery, ReHab 1st, Western MD Fusion Softball Team, WEPCO Federal Credit Union, Western Maryland Health System, and Women’s Action Coalition

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Visit our Choose Civility: Allegany County Facebook page to see what events are happening in the area!