What does this mean for reducing poverty in our community? Marci Allen-Easton, a Community Member on the Leadership Table, says it best. She told me that her experience was totally different from other projects where she’s felt like a token participant. With London for All, she was a decision-maker. Her voice was necessary, not just complementary. For the first time, she says she felt included and heard, an integral part of making solutions happen.
Coordinating, collaborating and bringing diverse voices to the table are essential skills we’re going to need as we work through the challenges ahead. We know some populations are disproportionately impacted by poverty so having their voice at the table is more important than ever.
Next steps for London’s poverty reduction strategy are up to the City of London, our other government partners and organizational leaders in our community. We’re hoping they’ll take our recommendation to identify a single issue aligned with local, provincial and national poverty goals and to keep working on it until significant impact is achieved.
The work to solve poverty here at home, whether that’s London, St. Thomas or Strathroy, belongs to all of us. United Way will be there to work with governments, with the social services sector, and most of all, with you.
Together, more than ever, our community is counting on us.
Thank you for improving lives locally,
Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO
United Way Elgin Middlesex
P.S. We’re up for an award! London for All lead agency United Way Elgin Middlesex, along with partners City of London, London Community Foundation, London Poverty Research Centre and rTraction, is a finalist in the Community Collaboration category for the 2020 Pillar Community Innovation Awards happening on November 19