With current events sparking a resurgence of interest in social justice and equity, I am drawn to educate myself about systemic racism and imbalances in our communities. I see a direct tie between social justice’s efforts to create equal opportunity and Children’s Bureau’s work. The communities most often served by Children’s Bureau are those which are hit hardest by our inherited caste system, with Children’s Bureau infusing children, families, and neighborhoods with the investments that position children to thrive.
And thriving children grow into strong adults who continue identifying and implementing necessary change.
From September 1 to October 12, I commit to reading 1,160 pages to educate myself on the intricacies of our modern society, warts and all. I hope to leave this exercise with an increased understanding of my role in the social structure as it is, and how to be a stronger ally moving forward.
Why 1,160 pages? Because Children's Bureau has been around for 116 years. Since 1904, Children's Bureau has been there as families overcome day-to-day hurdles. I believe that every child deserves to group up safe and nurtured, and Children’s Bureau is committed to helping vulnerable children and families in our community.
Join me in my #116Challenge by reading along or supporting Children's Bureau's work with a donation which will be used to provide necessary services and supplies to a child or family in need:
$25 - delivery of a healthy meal box
$50 - a one month supply of diapers
$100 – a collection of materials including books, arts and crafts supplies, school readiness workbooks and activity kits
$500 – six weeks of virtual enrichment groups for parents and their baby
$1,000 – a virtual parent and family workshop for 15 families
To learn more about Children's Bureau, drop me a line or visit www.all4kids.org.