As we hunker down during a winter storm that is impacting us all, we find ourselves continuing to be wrapped in a global pandemic as well as political, economic, and social unrest. I have been thinking quite a bit about how all this impacts us as a community of people and organizations focused on providing services and supports that enhance the well-being of children and families.
We have been called upon to go well beyond our “usual array of services/supports. In many cases, our organizations have pivoted to providing front-line, emergency, direct assistance to individuals and families in local communities while at the same time maintaining the usual array of offerings. This moment has not been easy, and it has strained and limited resources at a time when they are most needed. Because of societal incidents that point out glaring inequities and injustices, we have also been called upon to examine and reflect on our individual and organizational commitments that go beyond the provision of services/support. We are being challenged to think, act, and work together in ways that promote equity and community well-being for all citizens. I believe the opportunities presented to us as philanthropy and nonprofits compel us to take this examination and reflection seriously. If done thoughtfully and strategically, we can help chart an exciting future.
As you know, February is Black History Month, a time when we should recommit to continuous learning and celebrating the incredible contributions and legacy of African Americans in this state and country. The state’s history regarding race relations has not been a source of pride, but we can now create more equitable opportunities , and that, I believe, is what we are called on to do in our personal and work environments.
Philanthropy and nonprofits can continue to be the beacons of hope for those in need of services and supports, but we can also be a voice and promoter of equity and fairness for all citizens. The Alliance is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we look forward to working with you all as we gain speed on the journey to a more fair and just community, state, and nation.
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Note from the Associate Director
Recently, I was having a conversation with one of our philanthropic member organization directors and remarked to him how thrilled I was to learn of his family’s contribution to Meridian, MS. His grandfather owned and operated the E.F. Young Hotel which was a place that black travelers could find quality lodging during the years of […]
Member Spotlights: Northeast MS Habitat for Humanity
For the last two years, I have had the privilege of doing the most purposeful and fulfilling work by helping families help themselves. Our affiliate, Northeast Mississippi Habitat for Humanity, is small but mighty. We’re about helping families in Lee County, Mississippi build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.Currently, we’re working with five families helping […]