Compassion rising from tragedy

All of us at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation grieve with people of Gilroy, Calif.; El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Southaven, Miss., as they cope with the recent tragedies that have befallen their communities and mourn the loss of their loved ones.

We are saddened beyond comprehension – not only by the scope of violence, hatred and disregard for life experienced in such a short period of time – but at how frequent such events have become in our nation.  We are called upon to be resilient far too often, but all who care about our communities will continue to answer that call in any way we can.

Fred Rogers, in his wisdom, would often advise us to look for the helpers in times of pain or disaster, to remind us how the good in our world outweighs the bad, and so that we might feel a little less afraid. We have an opportunity in this moment to be among the helpers who aid hurting communities in their healing.

Local community foundations are offering ways to give and offer support to the victims, families and broader communities affected by these recent attacks. Here are some of the opportunities available:

El Paso Shooting Victims’ Fund

Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund

Gilroy Garlic Festival Victims Relief Fund

If you are a donor of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, you can also contact your philanthropic adviser to discuss how to provide a grant from your fund.

While dreadful tragedies like these rightfully garner national attention and outrage, we must also remember, mourn and pray for the victims of senseless violence and the loss of life in our Milwaukee neighborhoods. Whether in the spotlight or not, those losses are equally tragic and require our ongoing commitment to unite in hope, healing and action. As ever, the Foundation is your partner in ensuring communities throughout greater Milwaukee are well and thriving.