I'm going to be honest and say that my heart is hurting today after reading the news that the current administration's new budget plan aims to cut funding to arts, humanities, and social protection services. More than ever, it's our responsibility to protect the things that matter to us, so here are some ways you can support the initiatives that are being threatened.
- Donate here to support the operation of PBS. Investing in public broadcasting helps to educate and inspire all Americans regardless of socioeconomic status. Public television can be universally accessed and serves as the sole source of local broadcasting in many areas. Much like public libraries, PBS allows all children to experience culture that they may never otherwise have access to.
- On a similar note, donate here to support NPR. Similar to PBS, National Public Radio is an invaluable resource for Americans as a non-partisan source of news and culture. Unlike traditional broadcasting, NPR has a reputation for their deep dives into news, politics, and world events which help listeners gain a deeper understanding of the issues shaping their communities.
- Shockingly, Meals on Wheels is another service which would be negatively impacted by the proposed budget. In my eyes, only a morally bankrupt person would even consider eliminating funding from an organization whose aim is to provide meals to the food insecure elderly, poor, disabled, and veterans. Not only does this service provide what is sometimes the only meal an individual will have in a day, but they sometimes provide the only human interaction that individual will receive as well. If this is as heartbreaking to you as it is for me, you can donate your money here or your time at your local Meals on Wheels chapter.
- Another organization affected by the proposed budget cuts is the United States Interagency on Homelessness whose goals center around ending veteran, chronic, youth, and family homelessness. Those of us who are privileged to have a consistent roof over our heads should feel a sense of noblesse oblige to support those less fortunate than we are. Whether we do so as moral obligation or religious (see Proverbs 14:31), I believe it's our duty to support our neighbors regardless of their economic situation. Click here to see the many ways you can support the homeless with or without donating money of your own.
- It seems clear that the arts and humanities are under a general attack by our current administration. To put it simply, why should we increase our already outrageous military budget at the expense of numerous arts and social programs? If we no longer place value on the crucial facets of human life, then what exactly are we fighting for? Bearing that in mind, here is a great article outlining how you can support the arts during the current administration.