Letter from the Executive Director of Dove, Inc.: Coordinating efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices.
It is with a grateful heart that we start the new year at Dove, Inc. Because of our caring community the past month has been full of simple kindnesses which made a world of difference. Between Christmas Baskets and Coats for Kids thousands of area individuals were affected by your commitment to love our neighbors.
With the turn of the calendar new challenges will face us as we continue in our work to coordinate efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices. As the state budget stalemate continues with no end in sight, social services will continue to struggle to provide needed assistance. Justice, equality, and understanding among all people seems a daunting goal. Yet here at Dove, our faith is strong that this culture can be built right here in central Illinois with God’s help. Each of us has the ability to influence the culture of our inner circle of close friends to alter our prospects for the community’s future.
But how shall we begin? Here are some suggestions:
- We have the ability to boost the local economy by choosing to spend our dollars at local businesses and national businesses operating locally. In doing so we create jobs and affect the opportunities for every sector of our population to flourish.
- We can continue to affect our local culture by using our voices in the local election season which is just getting under way. Local elections traditionally have a low turnout, but have a greater everyday impact on our lives than state and federal elections. Register, encourage your friends to register. Then get educated, vote and bring your friends to the polls on April 4, 2017.
- We can maintain the culture of caring we have locally by providing support to agencies to keep their doors open. I hope you’ll take a moment to consider the value to our community of legal advocacy to support a victim who needs an order of protection, children’s support groups for vulnerable family members, case support for a homeless person, and life and employability skills training to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Your personal commitment to support these services in any amount makes all the difference.
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 in 2017.
Happy New Year!