Why Central Ohio Scientologists Were Recognized as “Congenial and Committed Citizens”

Spreading the common-sense values of The Way to Happiness, the guide to better living by L. Ron Hubbard.

Volunteers of the Columbus chapter of The Way to Happiness Foundation, sponsored by the Church of Scientology of Central Ohio, are committed to their city’s Keep Columbus Beautiful initiative. They take their name from The Way to Happiness, the nonreligious, common-sense guide to better living by author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.

This year, the volunteers took part in 55 community cleanups and beautification projects, showing their commitment to the values of The Way to Happiness precepts, “Set a Good Example,” and Safeguard and Improve Your Environment.”

Scientologists took part in 55 cleanups and beautification projects
Scientologists took part in 55 cleanups and beautification projects, earning them the city’s “Committed and Congenial Citizens Award”

At Volunteer Appreciation Day, hosted in November 2022 by the Keep Columbus Beautiful initiative, the chair of the City Council’s Administration Environment and Public Safety Committee presented the “Committed and Congenial Citizens Award” to the Scientologists. He thanked them for their unflagging participation in city-wide projects like the “Litter League” softball game, river cleanups and the city’s Adopt a Spot program. 

He spoke of the “broken window theory” that promotes environmental responsibility based on the concept that visible indicators of disorder, such as vandalism and broken windows, invite criminal activity.

In addition to their cleanups, the volunteers reached out door-to-door with The Way to Happiness to thousands of neighbors. And they introduced families to the book’s common-sense values at festivals, after-school programs and crime awareness events.

Churches of Scientology and Scientologists are proud to support The Way to Happiness and sponsor local chapters of The Way to Happiness Foundation to help instill a higher level of honesty, trust and self-respect.

A free online E-course in 17 languages covering each of the 21 precepts is available through The Way to Happiness website

The feature-length The Way to Happiness book-on-film and 21 public service announcements illustrating each of the booklet’s precepts is featured on the Scientology Network, broadcast on DIRECTV channel 320 and streaming at, through mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

The Church of Scientology of Central Ohio is an Ideal Scientology Organization, dedicated by Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige in November 2019. The Church is designed to provide ideal facilities for Scientologists on their ascent to higher states of spiritual freedom and to serve as a home for the entire community—a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations. 

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

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