Drumm is Recognized!
Drumm Farm is honored to have received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Outstanding Organizational Community Service and Leadership from the Independence Human Relations Commission and the Committee of Concerned Citizens. While we greatly appreciate this recognition, we are clear that we have so much more work to do to live up to an award named in honor of Dr. King.
Dr. King’s focus was to challenge the cancer of racism infiltrating our society, from individual bigotry to unjust policies and laws. He and thousands of civil rights advocates worked courageously and tirelessly to create a society where all citizens experience freedom and justice. While Dr. King’s dream is still not fully realized, his immeasurable sacrifice has provided us the opportunity to continue the work that will lead to freedom and justice for all.
Drumm Farm in particular carries this vision forward by working to provide a healing environment for children in foster care, and a community where children are free from experiences of abuse and neglect. Child abuse and neglect is a significant and complex public health issue that affects children across race, ethnicity, socio-economics, religion, education, and beyond. Families exposed to systemic issues of social and economic inequality and/or interpersonal struggles such as addiction and mental illness face an increased risk of involvement in the child welfare system. Drumm Farm exists to combat these issues, which impede the very freedom, justice and healing that Dr. King championed.