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posted by swhitney

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January 14, 2013

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At least WIT is trying to do some specific things to try to break the cycle of government dependency that so many pundits on this board claim they want to see happen. If the wider community does not intervene then the children in the "hood" only see their neighbors as role models. If the wider community does step in to help then at least there is a chance for change.

Can the work that needs to be done get done only by volunteers? NO. There needs to be some organization to mobilize and coordinate the efforts, and that takes time. However, much of the work of WIT is done by individuals and agencies that already exist, but who were not (in the past) working together or coordinating their efforts. Now, schools and DFACS and courts are working together to help parents (who did not have good role models as kids) learn to become the good role models their kids need.

Is is better to sit and talk about the problem, or to roll up your sleeves and actually get involved to make changes in the community? If there were more volunteers, perhaps the change could be made with less dollar investment. Which of you is volunteering to be part of that change?

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