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CONTACT: BEN TANZER
(W): 312-663-3520 X823
We All Have a Voice
CHICAGO, IL, October 17, 2013 – It would be easy to pause for a moment and celebrate the end of the government shutdown. And we should be thankful that hundreds of thousands of government workers, contractors and their families will now receive their paychecks, and that states don’t have to risk exhausting “rainy day funds” for programs such as WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), which provide basic necessities to our most vulnerable, and youngest citizens.
Additionally, we can be relieved that the 20,000 children enrolled in Head Start will no longer be denied access to a program that is proven to enhance early childhood learning. But we cannot forget that the budget deal that has been passed is temporary, and that the country is at risk of further deadlocks that will impact the lives of children and their families.
With this in mind, we offer the following challenge to members of both political parties: Who among you will be the voice for children and families when the budget debates begin again?
We would remind you, that everyday citizens and members of communities across the country rose to the occasion during the recent impasse, taking action on behalf of children and their families, and providing their voice.
From the Houston couple who donated $10 million to Head Start to allow the program to continue running in six states, to private museums that opened their doors for free to furloughed families, it is clear that many individuals, communities, and institutions are prepared to be that voice for children.
We don’t all have the ability to fund programs on our own, however, we do all have skills and the time to put them to use so that can help ease the burdens that accompany not only shutdowns such as the one we recently endured, but the burdens that children and families across the country feel every day.
Each of us lives in a community that has programs which can benefit from extra volunteer hours, or donations – both monetary and of essential items – that help bridge the gaps that children and families encounter.
And each of us has a voice.
“We all have a voice,” said James M. Hmurovich, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America, “and today we can all choose to be inspired, not cynical. We also have the following plea for members of both political parties: if citizens of this country can take action on behalf of children and families, we hope you will too when budget negotiations begin again. We are choosing to be a voice, all of us, and we are asking you to as well.”