HELP THE HOMELESS
Despite the fledging economic recovery, the number of our sisters and brothers who are homeless in Springfield was up in the last annual count. As unfortunate as that is, even more unfortunate would be if we did nothing about it.
Many caring and generous people in our city want to help but don’t know what to do. This month there’s an easy way to do it, right in our CWLP bills. Before paying your June bill, please look for the Round Up insert.
By filling it out and sending it in with your June bill payment, your future CWLP bills will be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra change going to agencies that help the homeless. You’ll contribute 1 to 99 cents a month, 50 cents on average. You can also opt to add a specific amount, such as $1 or $5; good if you’re on the level payment plan. Fifty cents a month doesn’t sound like much, but multiplied by 65,000 CWLP customers or even 5 or 10 percent of them and pretty soon you’re talking big money.
Thanks to the many generous CWLP customers who already round up, the city council in October appropriated $50,000 of their rounded-up funds to house, feed and provide job skills and other training to those most unfortunate among us. But the need greatly exceeds the funds. After two gut-wrenching city council votes rejecting other locations, the Helping Hands Homeless Shelter is finally moving this month to a permanent location. But they still need a lot more help. We could help them and so many more if more CWLP customers took two minutes to fill out the Round Up insert in their bill this month and sent it in with their payment.
If you already paid your June bill, sign up online at http://cwlp.com. Go to the box with the changing slides on the right halfway down, and click on the penny with the arrow around it pointing up. It’s a painless way to help those who lack even a bed lay their head down at night.
I agree with your most recent Statehouse observations (“Editor’s note,” May 28) and wonder why the majority party leadership is so opposed to helping Gov. Rauner take steps to fix our broken state. The answer has to do with political self-preservation. Compromise is not an option in this game of political bravado. Sadly, it is becoming obvious that leaders can stay too long and lose sight of who they really represent and were elected to protect.
I am writing on behalf of Girl Scout troop 6400 to thank Real Life Church for all their help and support in creating a food pantry. Creating the food pantry was the project we chose to do to earn our Silver award, which is the highest award a cadette can earn. The church provided a space for the food pantry, and volunteers to help distribute the food.
The food pantry is located at Real Life Church, North Campus, 2450 Taylor Ave. The pantry is open the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours at Real Life Church’s main campus, at 2701 Hermitage Road. If you have questions about donations, please call the church at 528-2299.
Girl Scout Troop 6400