A Message to Our Community - MSCF is Listening

June 9, 2020 - Main Street Community Foundation was founded on its commitment to use the charitable dollars entrusted to us to make our local communities a better place for all, without influence of bias or inequality. We can think of no better time than now to reaffirm our unwavering support and extend our compassion to all those affected by the pain and suffering caused by the historic acts of racial violence plaguing our nation. These types of tragic, unjust events have taken place over and over for generations, and it is time for change.

It is our responsibility to listen and learn from our Black friends and neighbors and hold space for what they are feeling in this moment. We must acknowledge that the unjust power structures in place provides for a system of privileges to some and not to others. This antiquated system perpetuates oppression and stands in the way of opportunities to build thriving communities. We hope you will join us as we examine ourselves, our beliefs and our actions and commit to doing better. There is no place in our community for racism, bigotry, and hatred. We call upon you to use your sphere of influence to condemn these social inequities to create an inclusive and just society for all.

We stand together with our local communities and our nation at large to create opportunities for conversations. Whether in our own homes or throughout local neighborhoods these conversations will lead to more understanding, empathy and lasting change. In the words of Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” We are listening and we know we can do better.

Susan D. Sadecki
President & CEO
Main Street Community Foundation

Marguerite P. Fletcher
Chair of the Board of Directors
Main Street Community Foundation