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Investing In Your Local Community for Economic Justice

Updated on October 12, 2011

Our Communities need help

Whenever I hear the statistics about the level of poverty and homelessness in our world and country, I am always shocked.  I shouldn't be, for it is a big problem and has been for some time.  Its very heart warming to observe some people I know that give of themselves now and or in the past to their communities to help right where people need it the most, to the most basic of needs. 

To those that are too busy and can't find the time, but perhaps have some money to invest, community investment can be a wonderful thing to be a part of.  Some call it economic justice, but that can be a controversial topic and don't let it turn you off.  The reason it is likely very controversial though at times, is the suggestion and pushing for a redistribution of wealth, to some degree that also disregards ability and willingness to work.  A lot of assumptions can be made here, that need to not be made, perhaps.  What we do know is that people and families are hurting very deeply, and this includes the children and the elderly.

The Military, Civilians and Homeless salute the U.S. Flag, during stand down for homeless veterans.
The Military, Civilians and Homeless salute the U.S. Flag, during stand down for homeless veterans.

How does it work?

Basically, people are given tools to help improve their own neighborhoods and way of life.  When these oppportunities are given, people often jump at the opportunity because they usually cannot generate those things themselves.  This is where the little boost (maybe a big boost) of investing in the idea can really make the big difference. It can be the difference of it happening or not! 

We ought not to expect this can eliminate the problems in such communities, but it is definitely doing something to make a positive change.  Community investing can't eliminate poverty or the decay of a community, but it can turn the tide that seems bent on the downhill spiral of that community.  It will for sure make a difference for some people in some neighborhoods.  We know this because there are just so many success stories out there, which are very heartwarming.  I think its wonderful that people have already been investing in these ways, and if any of you are reading this, thank you! 


US Navy helping serve food to homeless in Japan.
US Navy helping serve food to homeless in Japan.
More US Navy feeding homeless at a Mission as part of an outreach program.
More US Navy feeding homeless at a Mission as part of an outreach program.

The Ripple effect, good effects for decades to come.

We have heard stories of how the housing can be renovated for better living conditions, and the giving of more community resources for all kinds of things. Its hard to measure the ripple effect of such giving, and longer term effect. I think its fair to say that its going to be good to spread some good around and change lives. They in effect have impact on other lives. Many organizations and groups have been doing this kind of thing for a long time, many religious groups especially that are involved in missions and helping the destitute. Now, more can become involved hopefully as well.

Think of this, the chance for a change in the current repeated cycle in some families, where poverty never seems to end,and how that can make such a massive difference. Breaking the cycle means that these kids can see how it works to not be in poverty and limited by it. They now they are not limited by their poverty and that people out there do care enough to help to give of something to help bring change. It can mean they may have a chance to get a higher education or some kind of training whereas before, that would be the last thing on some of their minds.

So, we see that economic justice in community investing as having a great impact. I say this because we see it helping to provide families with the opportunity to raise their children in a more stable environment. There can be more finances and stability where there was none before. If it can help lower the crime as well over time, how much greater is that for those kids? These kinds of benefits will continue to reap rewards for decades to come. It can only spread outward from those communities to those surrounding communities. If nothing were ever done, then perhaps the opposite would happen. I am just grateful to whoever tries to make a difference, in whatever ways they can.  Thank you.

I hope many people may consider looking into socially responsible investing in their own communities for ways to give.  Its ironic how investing in your community isn't just giving to others, its also helping you and your community.  Its such a win-win situation.

Soup Kitchen in California.  Sailors and Navy helping out serving breakfast to homeless men and women. Its so inspiring.
Soup Kitchen in California. Sailors and Navy helping out serving breakfast to homeless men and women. Its so inspiring.

If you could invest your money and help your community at the same time, would you?

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello JRBanks, thank you very much! Glad you found it inspirational, and I find the ideas inspirational as well. Glad you stopped by and left a comment. :)

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      JRBanks 

      7 years ago

      This is a great concept and a good hub for others to read. Very inspirational!

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