We alone cannot do everything that needs to be done to make our
children less vulnerable to the whims of governments, the
environment, or people who neglect our children and their needs.
What we can do is involve ourselves in trying to find solutions
that will work. It is not up to your neighbor – it is up to YOU.
It takes one person to see the need and start the ball rolling
– someone to reach out with love and concern. Others will follow
once they have been shown what needs to be done. Adding money to
our programs is not always the answer (although it certainly
helps). What it takes is involvement, knowledge and skills that we
all have, and a willingness to share them.
Remember involvement begins at home no matter where you live.
What we do here you can do where ever you are. Building a safer,
friendlier, and more supportive community anywhere requires
Here a just a few things you could do:
• TUTORING: Tutoring for our children and their families can
open doors for them that were formally closed.
• CHILDCARE: Good quality child care is a must. According to
the Childrens Defense Fund every day 13 million preschoolers and 6
million infants and toddlers are in child care, not all of it
good. Good childcare has a lasting impression on a child's well
being and ability to learn
* HUNGER: You can fight against hunger by devoting time to
seeing that none of our children are hungry. Hunger inhibits
There are international organizations that are working to make
the lives of all children better. The Red Cross and The Salvation
Army, The International Order of the Foresters, (a Canadian based
fraternal organization) is committed to fighting child abuse.
These and many more organizations and agencies need your
Won't you join those that are helping to "Make a
Difference"? Please make your commitment to your part today.
note: When she wrote this, Dorothy Schubert was a 79-year-old great-grandmother who
lived with her 13-year-old 20-pound cat, Casey, and was the is the
mother of 9 children. She wrote a monthly column for Arizona
Senior World Newspapers.)