Over the last
few months I have read a couple hundred articles and reports on poverty in
America and the reality is we, yes, WE have a crazy huge and truly unimaginable
problem in our land of opportunity and plenty…poverty is alive and growing in
our America and we have to smash it. What if we succeeded in lifting America;s children out of poverty?
For those who see poverty clearly and understand its impact on lives, especially young lives, our society and nation…they get it…they know that in order to deal with this immense multi-level multi-pronged challenge that destroys lives, drains talent and potential and costs billions, we have to go to battle for all the souls, all the individuals, all the people, and especially, all the children whose lives and futures are at stake. This is a challenge that America clearly and sadly is not meeting when in 2013, 14.7 million or approximately 20 percent of children in the U.S. lived in poverty. This is a challenge we must meet. No greater challenge stands before us…not ISIS…not climate change…nothing is more important than changing the trajectory of life for our 14.7 million children. Their futures are part of our futures. They will either help strengthen the fabric of our nation or tear it apart…and in doing so touch our lives and the lives of our families and communities in either positive or negative ways.
So the question is: how? How do we begin to meet this challenge? The good news is: thousands of individuals and organizations have already rolled up their sleeves and are working diligently every day to help those caught up in the vicious and draining life of poverty. But, they need help, from me, from you, from all of us…and this is the first step. WE have to realize that this is something we are all in this together…and to smash this problem, to save lives, to recapture the talent and potential, to help single moms become self-sufficient so they can better help their children, we have to work together. And, this will require leadership, champions who are willing, ready and able to lead the way. People who are willing to do the right things for the right reasons even if it may cost them.
Will this be easy? Absolutely not. Just ask anyone who has been involved in this war over the past 4 decades. But, what is “easy” is to understand that without a strong and vibrant society made up of educated, caring, engaged, productive and healthy citizens, America, the land of plenty, the home of the free and the brave, will perish…and that would be tragic.
So, what can I do here via GrantsAlert.com? I can pay greater attention to finding resources that can help our schools and communities fight and win this war for the lives of our children and the future of our nation. This is my commitment.
Let’s roll up our sleeves and lift 14.7 million children out of poverty… and let’s do this together. What if…?