Paying More Attention to Main Street

A few weeks ago my mother shared with me a letter she has saved for over 85 years. It is a letter her mother received from a small bank in Fulton, MO telling them that the bank had failed and their family had lost all of their savings. My mom can remember her mother crying when she received the letter and wondering how she was going to financially survive as a single mom with three kids.

Every day it seems we hear more bad economic news. You know we have become numb to the situation when we believe a good day is when the market only decreased by less than 100 points. While many of us with jobs, retirement savings and health insurance are being deeply affected by this current economic situation, think about those people without jobs, or savings or health insurance. These folks and their families are reluctantly turning to nonprofit agencies to provide food and other living essentials to make ends meet. I am told that area food banks, health related agencies and other social service organizations are seeing record spikes in people asking for services.

For those of us who still have jobs and health insurance, it is time for us to step up our personal contributions to nonprofit agencies that provide services to the needy. It is time for our elected leaders to start paying more attention to the needs of folks who live on Main Street and put an end to the greed that has permeated Wall Street for too many years.


It is our obligation to give to those less fortunate than we are. This is a value that Steve Roling has carried since the day he was born. He has shown through his family, service to others, and commitment to social justice that we all must give back the community that has been so good to us. So many non profits are struggling to provide basic needs to so many people living in Kansas City. Just take a minute to think about what one really “needs” for Christmas, and what others need just to survive. Please consider donating to a non-profit in lieu of giving gifts to friends and family who might not need them…and help a family stay warm and full this winter. Another great message…thanks Steve!

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Steve Roling

Steve Roling

Steve Roling is the President/CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Each week he blogs about issues that inspire him as we work toward eliminating barriers to quality health.