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Philanthropy as a Solution? by Heather Rich, VP of Development

Jul 12

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There are only three things you can do with money – save it, spend it, or give it away. Can this apply to time as well?  Saint Louis is full of organizations focused on supporting underserved youth.  Provident, Inc. is one of those organizations.  Provident is known for counseling, life crisis intervention and community service programs.  Provident provides eight afterschool programs in St. Louis City and Jennings that give over 400 kids (five days a week) a meal, tutoring and character development.  They also have a community center in the Shreve neighborhood that is a drop-in center for kids up to the age of 20.  Lastly, Provident provides FREE counseling to children living in St. Louis County.  These programs would not be possible without partnerships with United Way,   ARCHS and Children Services Fund.

This is an eye-opener for me.  As a parent of two small children living in a home with two steady incomes, I am aware of how blessed I am.  We are able to send our kids to cub scouts, dance lessons, and gymnastics.  We are able to plan a family vacation, and have dinner parties with friends and their kids. What a luxury.  The question I have to ask myself is how can we share our blessings with others?  I believe in Philanthropy as a solution.  I believe that being a philanthropist is giving when giving is not required. Whether you can give your time or resources, a community can have a significant systematic and sustainable change if philanthropists invest in what is important – in particular, our struggling youth.

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