We are also proud members of the Our Children, Our Future Campaign, a statewide coalition of 170-plus community organizations, churches, unions, businesses, and public officials committed to ending child poverty in our state. In this role, we are trying to remain vigilant in the long-term fight against child hunger, abuse, and poverty in our state.
We hope through our actions we can be good stewards of our community. In elevating our efforts, we hope to elevate those around us compelling corporations to put families and neighbors before bottom lines. We hope to foster a community focused on creating a healthy environment for children to thrive. The chemical spill cannot be an excuse to give up on the hardest-working, most vulnerable families in our state. It should be a reminder to work twice as hard.
Will you join us?
It's easy. Visit wvhealthykids.org to send a free message to your legislators in support of our 10-point child poverty platform (everything from increasing physical activity in schools to raising the minimum wage). Or come by the Capitol on Feb. 4 for our statewide Kids and Families Day. Or attend one of our 20 local forums around the state, where we'll be registering and educating voters. Or find some other way to donate your time, talent, and treasure to this movement to reduce child poverty in our great state.
Like any parent, we want the world to be a better place for our children. We don't want our kids growing up in a state with a contaminated water supply. And we don't want them to grow up in a state where the families of half their friends can't make ends meet.
They deserve better.
Stephen Smith is director of the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, and Chadband is chief operating officer of the Kanawha Institute for Social Research and Action.