“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Upon meeting Karen Cecile Wallace, I knew she had IT. What is IT? It is that 'thing' I encounter upon meeting people who are selfless and work to build a better community locally as well as abroad. They have a story and through their service, we listen.
Karen is a part of floWERS! (focused ladies of Worth, Excellence, Resilience and Strength!) She is the epitome of what floWERS! represent: Ambition. Service. Drive. Selflessness. With a significant amount of pro bono hours (free legal service hours to the community), she continues to give. Karen has a background as an adjunct professor, youth mentor and a corporate attorney. Her foundation in public policy and nonprofit organizations prove she has what it takes to accomplish the mission of her latest endeavor: The Violence Prevention Funding Campaign.
Karen currently resides in her hometown (Chicago) and is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ. She is highly regarded in the Cook County Bar Association and has worked with various school systems, organizations and churches in her community throughout the years. Along with the heart of teaching, advocating and mentoring, Karen’s work is admirable and meaningful. She gives back with excellence. Just recently Karen launched the campaign fund for violence prevention in Chicago that I will follow and update you about toward the attainable goal of $200,000.00.
We need your help. With its crime rate, Chicago is seen as the most unsafe city according to a recent study.
There is always hope. By the time you read this, I hope you join me and Karen in doing more for your local communities as well as giving back in service to other communities. As we often see, in times of injustice (e.g. police brutality in the Black community), many people hark upon the 'lack of attention' that ‘black on black’ crime receive throughout the nation. Usually this argument is counterproductive as well as a distraction. It seeks to support the notion that no one cares about the violence happening in our own communities which is untrue. It further gives rise to questioning community activism in these areas. Please note that nationwide, there are several organizations, churches, activists, community leaders, teachers and parents serving in this capacity. Let’s not discount their work and service, but join them in the fight against violence while speaking against different injustices.
Now, let me tell you about Karen’s campaign that I wholeheartedly support. Karen is seeking funding for an initiative that will help different churches and organizations with established programs for the youth in Chicago. The purpose of this campaign is to reduce gun violence in the city. Contributing to this campaign will help fund these established community based violence prevention programs that have a proven track record and assist them in expanding the reach of their programs. With her experience and commitment, I know that Karen and her committee will be successful in finding the organizations and churches to assist through this heartfelt mission. They will conduct due diligence in researching these programs by identifying groups that have been effective with their violence prevention programs. The funding will essentially help improve the lives of both boys and girls. The approach of the programs may be anywhere from home and school visits, mentoring and other types of outreach.
What you can do to help?
- Donate as little as $5.00 to the campaign by clicking here. Let’s start in Chicago, then use Karen’s model to bring success in our own communities.
- Organize in your local communities. It starts as big as attending the Parent Teachers Association meetings and getting involved more with the children by simply listening to them.
- Stop complaining that work is not being done in the community. It is being done, but it needs your help with excellence.