Mayor Marl: Helping Those Who Help Saline

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 07/17/2014 - 15:01

(This guest column was submitted by Mayor Brian Marl)

In our fast-paced, busy lives, sometimes it can be easy to forget how fortunate we are in the Saline community, for many reasons. Saline is a very special place; its people care deeply for one another, and for their community. Particularly in a community that enjoys considerable affluence, it’s important that we remember those who might be struggling, who might be marginalized, or who need a helping hand.

Like many of you, last week I got a letter in the mail requesting donations to Saline Area Social Service, an organization that runs a food pantry, helps struggling families and seniors with electricity bills and prescription co-pays, provides school supplies to kids who might not otherwise be able to afford them, among other services.

As many are already aware, SASS is going through a time of transition and change. In my view,what’s important now is not to rehash past shortcomings or assign blame; instead, we must focus on moving toward solutions, so that SASS can continue in its important work to help our neighbors and friends who may have fallen on hard times.

In my capacity as a community leader, I am working with the SASS leadership team to identify ways that city government can be helpful. I’ve found SASS staff and leadership to be a very diligent, passionate group of people who care deeply about the work they are doing.

I hope you will consider donating to SASS today, to help the organization during its transition.

Financial investment in SASS will go a long way to help Saline’s families and seniors most in need. The Saline community needs organizations like SASS, and right now SASS needs our help.

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