In the Community
The Lesson of ConstancyNovember 30, 2009
People in need are always there. Unfortunately, many forget about them except in extraordinary times—like the Great Depression of the 1930’s—or the recent recession. Many in the nonprofit sector and some governmental agencies have labored consistently through the years to provide services for the poor, the struggling, the sick, the illiterate, and all nature of victims. However, it is often only in times like our recent economic crisis that the media spotlight is shown on the needs, moving the average person-on-the-street to come forward with help.
It is my sincere hope that somehow this time things will be different. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, as the economic outlook slowly improves, we aren’t so quick to forget those who suffer? Wouldn’t it be amazing if, as economic pressures ease, individuals would continue to provide support to both those organizations on the frontlines and to those of us who supply needed grant dollars to strengthen and expand their work?
Times of crisis always teach us. This time, will we have learned the lesson of constancy? Our hearts and our pockets need to be constantly open to needs of others. Service and generosity need to become habits. People in need are always there. Will you still see them next week? Next month? Next year? Will you understand that to those in desperate straits, every day matters?
Denise K. Spencer