Letter from the Executive Director of Dove, Inc.: Coordinating efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices.
As I write this the weather is turning cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are turning and beginning to fall. A group of high school volunteers are in my office at Homeward Bound moving files into storage. Another group is sanitizing the play area and toys. A group of skilled craftsmen and women are giving the domestic violence shelter client kitchen, bedrooms, common area and play yard a facelift. I look around at the good people who make Dove run and find myself deeply humbled by their commitment to our community.
In November and December amidst the hustle and bustle of holidays we’ll continue to band together to distribute Coats for Kids donations to area agencies, Stand Down for Veterans, learn about issues of poverty, hunger, and homelessness at Box City and Hoard No More training. We’ll be filling baskets for hundreds of area families so that they can share in the air of celebration.
As we celebrate, I ask you please to also turn an eye to local and state politics. Voting is one of the most important ways in which you can give to community efforts. By choosing state and local policy-makers you are choosing what the future holds for our community. The “stop-gap” budget expires this December and your vote can help solve the continuing budget crisis. Be informed when you vote. Visit https://g.co/kgs/SVLNzV and entire your street address where you are registered to see the full ballot. Then take the time to read up on or meet the candidates so that you can make an informed decision at the polls.
We also have 18 House seats and 1 Senate seat in the federal election to decide on. These people will help determine how our federal funding for local housing initiatives goes in the future. Your vote and your voice matter in this election.
If you or your organization’s members would like to learn more about supporting Dove’s mission, please reach out to our Volunteer & Community Relations Director, Barb Blakey. Dove, Inc. is only as strong as its member organizations, volunteers and advocates. It is my sincere hope that you will be a part of making our home a community free of human suffering.