Letter: Maureen H. Whalen, Leesburg

Editor: Loudoun Now‘s thoughts on “Filling the Gap” which address the dilemma facing the Board of Supervisors about how much of our tax dollars should go to which non-profit organizations only added to my questions prompted by the front page article, “Nonprofits Headed for Grant Funding Reset.” Both the article and editorial made mention of past, present, and likely, future criteria for allotting our tax dollars to charities.

Now, at the risk of being Grinch well before Christmas, I object to my contribution to Loudoun County’s tax base being used for purposes other than our government needs. If the Board of Supervisors is so concerned about charitable causes, I invite them to read Matthew 25:31-46 and donate their personal funds (which, I believe, many do).

Loudoun Now brings up, “There is an argument to be made that the government shouldn’t be giving any tax money away to private organizations.” Then Loudoun Now says, “That assumes that the county is providing adequate services,” which brings up another matter.

I went to Loudoun County Social Services website and found numerous areas of government services—family, children, abused women, public assistance, food stamps, housing, mobile hope, child protective services, even animal services. If all of these services are not adequate to meet the needs in our county, why not? Have these services become bureaucratic entities? Have they duplicated services? Are some people milking the system?

The Loudoun County nonprofits I found in another listing far outnumber the government services and extend to a greater range of concerns with some duplication. Among nonprofits in Loudoun County are those addressing physical and mental health, youth and children, the disabled elderly, veterans, organ donation, literacy and even a nonprofit that helps nonprofits manage their operations. By the way, our churches weren’t on the list, and I know what good they do.

May I suggest that county supervisors take the $1,058,915 set aside for grant funding and use it to examine the existing services for efficiency, results, and waste?

May I suggest that pastors and churches remind the faithful that it isn’t the government’s job to feed the hungry, cloth the naked, shelter the homeless, etc. It’s our job.

Maureen H. Whalen, Leesburg

One thought on “Letter: Maureen H. Whalen, Leesburg

  • 2016-09-27 at 7:47 am

    Maureen brings up some good points.

    I would like to understand more about this funding effort. While I realize it may be well-intentioned, the objective is unclear. Who do they want to help? What is the criteria?

    Maybe fixing what we already have would go further in the ‘help’ area if that is the objective..

    The little I know of Loudoun County Social Services has given me the impression that it is way underfunded and under-manned. Some long, long-serving employees there could use more help, more salary for instance. I’d love to see that area studied and improved.

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