Why I am a Champion for this Cause
I was brought up in a college town quite similar to Ithaca: Oxford, Ohio, home to Miami University. Professionals at the university and a few prosperous business owners lived comfortably; but poverty, especially among people of color and surrounding rural residents, was profound. Forty years later, that’s still true—in Oxford and in Ithaca.
We’re hungry for ways to help with so many social problems that surround us. I’m fortunate, because my career path has led me to Alternatives, an organization that really does make a difference in the financial health of low-income people. Impact Community Programs are available to anyone in Tompkins and six surrounding counties: Free Tax Preparation, Student Credit Union, Financial Counseling/Individual Development Accounts, and Business CENTS. Please take a look at the video on the Alternatives Impact PEAKS Campaign page or visit www.alternativesimpact.org for details.
I’ve been a “champion” for economic justice since I was a teenager. As a PEAKS Champion for Alternatives Impact, I initially set my goal at $750. I achieved this goal quickly thanks to many caring friends and colleagues. Last week I raised my goal to $1500 in honor of my daughter’s college graduation in 2015–and today one generous gift took me over this goal to $1700! I am humbled and honored by this support for economic justice. Thank you one and all!
We are still striving for our original goal of $10,000. Please join me in making a gift by September 15—as Senator Elizabeth Warren says, our neighbors and community deserve “a fighting chance”.