I’m taking part in Blog Action Day, an initiative to raise awareness on global issues. This year, the issue is Inequality. Since this blog is all about Southborough, I’m focusing on our town.
Southborough has an image as a privileged town. And of course we do have our share of very privileged families.
But I’m not writing today to browbeat our millionaires. I’m writing to everyone who isn’t “underprivileged”.
I don’t have real statistics on how many of our residents are in need, but they are out there.
We’re fortunate enough as a town, that we don’t see homeless living on our streets or people holding signs asking for money.*
Instead, we have families struggling privately. And we have elderly residents struggling to make ends meet in order to stay in the community where they raised their families.
The people who need help are often quiet. Which is why the organizations who strive to help them can’t be.
Two of the groups that are working to help them are the Southborough Food Pantry and Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission (the charity dedicated to supporting Southborough Youth and Family Services).
The pantry has families and residents that regularly depend on them all year. Their biggest collection drive of the year is Scouting for Food on November 8th. So be on the lookout for details.
And last year SYC’s Holiday Gift Drive helped families with 77 children celebrate the winter holidays. The contributions weren’t just used for gifts. They helped fund families’ food, gas, oil, and other necessities.
You can plan on helping out with that when the time comes. Or you can jump the gun and make a direct donation to Friends of SYC to help with their non-profit work.
As for concerns about how our government should handle issues related to inequality, you can make a difference there, too. Be sure to vote in the state election on November 4th.
(Personally, I think of low voter turnout as a sign to politicians that we don’t care what they do.)
As for what I’m doing. . .
Now, I’m also adding a category under news for “Charity/Making a difference“. I’ll be using it going forward to provide easy access to stories on charities and charitable efforts in town that don’t qualify as events.
Of course, if you have a fundraiser you want to share with readers, be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can always post info under the latest open thread.
*Before someone posts a snarky comment – bake sales at the Transfer Station don’t count as “signs asking for money”!
Updated (10/17/14 11:55 am): I corrected my mention above of direct donation to SYC. I had meant to write Friends of SYC. That is the non-profit group the link leads to.