Last Sunday twelve supporters and staff of East End House plunged into the Atlantic to raise money for summer camp and childcare programs run by the agency. They were part of a group of over 100 who participated in the New England Network's Polar Plunge for Children.
It is important to remember that hunger and poverty are issues that affect every neighborhood every day of the year. These are complex issues requiring our attention on both the policy and community levels, and eradicating them will take time and a multi-system approach. More effective and compassionate policies that make it easier for working families to make ends meet are part of the long-term solution. In the meantime, community programs that can meet immediate needs and serve as a point-of-entry for services are equally important.