Key to community

Written by Briana Cavanaugh

April 22, 2021

I’m hearing a lot of complicated feelings from people and I feel the same way! When a jury comes to the right verdict in one case, we take time to be glad, even though it doesn’t fix the whole system. So then what? Solidarity is the way!

When we’re thinking of just ourselves, it’s so hard to figure out the most important thing to do when we’re aware of everything that’s going on. There’s so much unfairness in the world and it feels like we as individuals have power over just a little tiny bit of it. No one person can lift up their community alone.

That’s why I focus my company on serving values-centered organizations led by people who experience systemic oppression. It’s a way to leverage my influence so that I can lift up more people.

It takes all of us to make real change. It takes organization for solidarity, not only organizing people but also systems. It takes communities of individuals committed to doing the courageous work of giving and receiving help.

Yes, I said receiving help takes work — and courage!

When you’re living from one check to the next and you don’t know if you’re going to be able to keep the lights on, your mind gets stuck in fear, frustration, and shame. There’s so much financial fear when the economy gets rougher than usual, but there’s also a lot of fear for a lot of people even in the “good” times.

Before I got where I am now, I had to do a lot of learning, some of it the hard way. You may have heard me talk about when I was on welfare. When I was struggling, I didn’t want to ask for help. Finally I had to, because my son needed me. I learned to ask for help — and I learned to build my business from the ground up.

Getting educated about money and getting your organization’s books in order are keys to getting to a place where you can give back, a place where you can complete the circle of community lifting up itself.

You don’t have to do it alone. Contact us today!

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