Cause of the Week: Community Improvement

Subcauses: Disaster Relief, First Responders, Family Shelters, Legal Aid / Crime Prevention, Transitional Services

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King 

Community improvement and development includes activities like improving infrastructure, implementing economic development projects, installing, and maintaining public facilities like community centers, rehabilitating housing, providing public and security services, assisting local homeowners, and more. 

Globally, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, a number that is projected to rise to 60% by 2030. The impact of the past year will be most devastating in low-income and densely populated, urban areas. This rapid urbanization is exerting pressure on fresh water supplies, sewage systems, living environments, and public health. With an already stressed housing market, we are at risk of facing a more extreme housing affordability crisis. As it stands, 1 in 5 renters is behind on rent and just over 10 million homeowners are behind on mortgage payments. 

Public safety plays an important role in improving the quality of life in communities. Using hospital-based violence interventions to engage people who have been victims of gun violence and connecting them to services decreases the likelihood that they in turn commit gun violence or are victimized in the future. Programs like these have reduced homicides by as much as 60% in areas where they are implemented. 

The CFC makes it easy for all of us to change the world. Your donation to community improvement cause areas helps all citizens feel safe and empowered in their own backyard. Our world is interconnected. Building resilient communities strengthens nations and improves the whole world. Join the CFC community today and become a changemaker.