It might feel hopeless right now as it seems like you have no authority to do anything. But know you have the power to create a workplace you love. One small breakthrough at a time will help others have confidence in you as someone who can make changes happen.
This workplace is more common than you think. Leaders try to protect or take care of employees, rather than engaging them in true problem solving. Although it seems to the outside world that you're one big, happy family, you know that there's lots of room for improvement.
Most days, this seems pretty good. You're informed, involved, and most likely, juggling a lot of balls every day. This can be energizing at times, while draining and stressful at others. You just need a little fine tuning to create a workplace you love.