I won’t spout off the statistics, of which my family is included in, but is there a child at risk in your neighborhood?
We can all do something to help better our community by watching over the children within our community.
This website: Child Welfare Information Gateway at https://childwelfare.gov has some low risk, high impact suggestions for making the world we live in better, especially for the children.
- Get to know your neighbors. Problems seem less overwhelming when support is nearby.
- Help a family under stress. Offer to babysit, help with chores and errands, or suggest resources in the community that can help.
- Reach out to children in your community. A smile or a word of encouragement can mean a lot, whether it comes from a parent or a passing stranger.
- Be an active community member. Lend a hand at local schools, community or faith-based organizations, children’s hospitals, social service agencies, or other places where families and children are supported.
- Keep your neighborhood safe. Start a Neighborhood Watch or plan a local “National Night Out” community event. You will get to know your neighbors while helping to keep your neighborhood and children safe.
Everyone is cautious in these days of high crime, drug and alcohol abuse and economic crisis. Use common sense, but please don’t ignore your neighbors. Please don’t go home and shut the door on your community.
Do you wave and smile at your neighbors?
Rant over, I will now return you to your life…
Thanks for reading,