Friends, family and neighbors,

I am heartbroken today over the tragic events that have unfolded across the nation this week, from Baton Rouge to St. Paul to Dallas. On behalf of United Way of Greater St. Louis, I offer my deepest condolences to the victims and families impacted by these events. As I pray and reflect on these dark and painful incidents that occur far too often around the country, one question continues to find me: what role do we play in creating the conditions in people’s lives and in our region where every person has what they need to feel safe, be healthy and succeed?

These types of tragedies and unrest are far too close to our region to stand back and watch. As we near the two-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, we must remember, as a region and a country, the importance of taking our sadness, anger and fear and focusing it into change that is productive and sustainable for everyone. We must embrace each other as neighbors and recognize that together – regardless of race, religion or economic status – we are the catalysts of change that will strengthen the community and world for our children and future generations. We must work collectively during difficult times to create lasting solutions to the social issues our nation faces today.

If you or someone you know needs help or support due to these tragedies, please know that help is available 24/7 by dialing 2-1-1 to reach a trained United Way 2-1-1 representative.


Orvin Kimbrough

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