Thursday, October 29, 2009

Safety nets, heroes, and heart

Safety nets are unraveling.

 “the consequences are severe in many cases — for residents as well as the economy. … budget difficulties have led at least 41 states to reduce services to their residents, including their most vulnerable families and individuals. An Update on State Budget Cuts 

72% of Americans say they cut back on time spent volunteering, participating in groups, and doing other civic activities in the past year while the economy was free-falling. America’s Civic Health Index 

We NEED Heroes … 

We need HEART … 
“there is a silver lining, a ray of hope, a demonstration of America’s good heart … more personal forms of participation that often go unnoticed. … every bit as critical as activities such as charity walks and volunteering. 

Interestingly, people with the least means are giving the most. In the past year:

  • 50% gave food or money to someone in need who is not a relative
  • 43% gave food or money to someone in need who is a relative
  • 17% allowed a relative to live in their home or on their property
  • 11% allowed a non-relative to live in their home or on their property

Yes, the recession affects everyone. However those most vulnerable are affected exponentially.

What’s in your heart? 

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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  1. compassion should be in everyone's heart these days; its nice to see percentage wise that people are out helping the least, the lost, the last

    I do have to say I'm in the 72% who cutback on volunteering, not sure how that happened though; got to re-think that and get re-involved

    on the plus side, I am in all those other percentages :)

    we just got to continue to help out others as we can.......


  2. It's always been such a shining star in the human condition that those who have the least are the most willing to part with it. Great post.


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