This month we, as families, friends and as a nation, will sit down, to count the many blessings which enrich all of our lives then give thanks for them. So I want to share with you a few of the things, in no particular order, for which we at CFCR are thankful:
Our work. We are privileged to be able to do work that makes a difference in the lives of children. Many of our clients face the challenges of poverty in all facets of their lives. Giving them hope and confidence by connecting them with much needed services allows all of us to watch the positive change in the direction of their young lives. It gives us a glimpse into the future of our community and we can see the hope that is there.
Our community. Being located in a generous and caring community such as Charlotte-Mecklenburg that provides supports and inspires all of us to continue to think creatively about new ways to help children.
Our Volunteers. We could not accomplish the important work we do without the aid of so many wonderful volunteers. Whether they are helping assist our custody team, answering telephones, helping with events or providing us with valuable advice and guidance they are an integral part of all that we do.
Our partner agencies. We firmly believe that by collaborating with other helping agencies and government entities is the most efficient and effective way to help our community better serve its children.
Our staff. I watch every day in admiration of the heart, soul and effort that the staff at CFCR pours into everything they do on behalf of children. The situations they face can be so daunting and yet they come back each day to face the next challenge with renewed energy and commitment. I am so blessed to be able to observe this dedication.
Our Board of Directors. We have a Board of Directors that is committed to the mission of CFCR to lead our community in insuring that every child is safe, healthy and educated. They are civic and business leaders who are incredibly busy people, yet they give freely of their time, talents and treasures to our organization.
You, our donors and supporters. The generosity of the United Way, the various foundations, businesses, churches, financial institutions, law firms and the individual donors, large and small, allow us the privilege to provide help to more than 2500 individual children each year and through our systems’ advocacy efforts to champion changes that help all 242,000 children in Mecklenburg County.
When CFCR Board President, Ed O’Keeffe, gives talks at various places in our community, he often tells of how Charlotte can seem like a Shangri-La to new citizens and visitors. On our drives to work or visits downtown, we see the beautiful tree lined streets and the glistening buildings. However, we might not see the impoverished neighborhoods and high crime areas that are prominently visible in other metropolitan areas, but they are also here in our community. So while we will always be thankful for our wonderful city and county, let’s also be thankful that we together can make it better for the children.
Robert McCarter is the Interim Executive Director of the Council for Children’s Rights