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Celebrate the holidays with us!

November 19, 2015

A Christmas Carol in Prose InvitationCel­e­brate the hol­i­days with us! Watch a one-man per­for­mance of a beloved hol­i­day clas­sic, A Christ­mas Carol in Prose, on Decem­ber 19th!

By attend­ing, not only do you get to enjoy an incred­i­ble per­for­mance with your friends and fam­ily, but you will also sup­port poverty edu­ca­tion. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit our work to reduce the stigma of poverty, and improve out­comes for peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty. Con­tinue read­ing Cel­e­brate the hol­i­days with us!

Give today be entered to win!

July 28, 2015

2 days left to giveI often wake up in the morn­ing and reflect on how blessed I am to be safe, healthy and well fed.  I am deeply appre­cia­tive of the bless­ings that I have in this life.

That reflec­tion often leads me to the sit­u­a­tion of many folks I have come to know through­out my life and with my work with CoAc­tive Con­nec­tions.  I have vol­un­teered in class­rooms with chil­dren who often don’t know when their next meal will be.  And my heart breaks for them.  Not only their imme­di­ate sit­u­a­tion, but the knowl­edge that they are vul­ner­a­ble and are unin­ten­tion­ally being exposed to poten­tially unsafe and risky liv­ing envi­ron­ments due to poverty in their fam­i­lies.  It breaks my heart.  Con­tinue read­ing Give today be entered to win!

3 weeks left to give poverty a voice!

July 8, 2015

Crowdfunding Week 1We are excited to share that we raised 22% of our goal since we launched our crowd­fund­ing cam­paign

In order to develop a video fea­tur­ing voices of Ore­go­ni­ans expe­ri­enc­ing poverty to use in train­ing, we need to raise $5,871 more by July 31st.

Every sin­gle sup­porter will get name recog­ni­tion in the video cred­its as a grat­i­tude for your con­tri­bu­tion. If you donate $100 or more, you will be entered into a draw­ing for 2 tick­ets to the Sat­ur­day Ore­gon Bounty Grand Tast­ing at FEAST Ore­gon ($120 value, ages 21 and over). Port­land FEAST ben­e­fits child­hood hunger relief efforts.

Even if poverty doesn’t impact you directly, it affects the econ­omy and our community’s poten­tial. Let’s work together and do some­thing about it.

Want to be a part of our move­ment? Donate todayCon­tinue read­ing 3 weeks left to give poverty a voice!

Seeing judgment as my teacher

Classroom
Photo by wood­ley­won­der­works on Flickr through a Cre­ative Com­mons license.

Sev­eral years ago as I was becom­ing increas­ingly aware of the need for enhanc­ing poverty aware­ness among ser­vice providers. Specif­i­cally, I was given a per­sonal life les­son. A hum­bling tap on the head, if you will.

It was pro­vided to me in a class­room of 2 and 3 year olds in a local pre-school at which I had been vol­un­teer­ing for as a teacher‘s assis­tant. This pre-school pro­vided access to fam­i­lies expe­ri­enc­ing eco­nomic need and other risk fac­tors. Con­tinue read­ing See­ing judg­ment as my teacher

Sneak Peek

June 25, 2015

Sneak Peek BlogWe are work­ing on a “secret” project that we believe will have an even greater impact on improv­ing ser­vices and out­comes for Ore­go­ni­ans expe­ri­enc­ing poverty. How­ever, we can’t do it with­out YOU.

Have you ever had some­one mis­judge you? It hap­pens all the time, and espe­cially to peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty. Each of us has a story, and hear­ing these sto­ries changes the way peo­ple think about us. What if we changed the way peo­ple see poverty? Or, as an Ore­gon school prin­ci­pal likes to say, “Sus­pend judg­ment.” Con­tinue read­ing Sneak Peek

Ready or not, it’s getting hot!

Stay Cool Sum­mer is offi­cially here and we love it! At the same time, we need to be smart about what the new sea­son presents.

In Ore­gon, tem­per­a­tures are ris­ing sig­nif­i­cantly which means we need to be aware of health con­se­quences for friends, fam­ily and oth­ers in need. Make sure to check on your neigh­bors and make sure every­one is stay­ing cool in the heat. Learn more about how to take care of your­self and those around you in the hot weather. Con­tinue read­ing Ready or not, it’s get­ting hot!

Raising the Voice of Poverty in Elections

March 23, 2015
Photo by Theresa Thompson. Available under a Creative Commons Attribution license.
Photo by Theresa Thomp­son on Flickr. Avail­able under a Cre­ative Com­mons Attri­bu­tion license.

Vot­ing has been a pop­u­lar item in the national news cycle recently. It’s been one week since Oregon’s Gov­er­nor Kate Brown signed a bill to make Ore­gon the first state in the nation to auto­mat­i­cally reg­is­ter all eli­gi­ble vot­ers. And, in today’s news, Pres­i­dent Obama pub­licly opened the topic of insti­tut­ing manda­tory vot­ing across the nation.

In the USA Today arti­cle, it was noted that Obama stated that many young peo­ple, minori­ties, and low-income work­ers tend not to vote. Accord­ing to a U.S. Cen­sus Study from 2012, there are numer­ous rea­sons why peo­ple in low-income house­holds may not be vot­ing.  Con­tinue read­ing Rais­ing the Voice of Poverty in Elections

Majority of students living in poverty?

February 7, 2015

Free and Reduced Lunch and PovertyI have been read­ing a lot of arti­cles lately that seem to give con­flict­ing infor­ma­tion about poverty. They include head­lines like, “Major­ity of U.S. pub­lic school stu­dents are in poverty.” These arti­cles are refer­ring to the National School Lunch Pro­gram and the lat­est report which shares that the major­ity (51%) of pub­lic school stu­dents now qual­ify for free/reduced lunch.

Even though the major­ity of pub­lic school stu­dents qual­ify for free/reduced lunch, it does not mean that the they are all expe­ri­enc­ing poverty. But it’s still impor­tant. So what does this mean? Con­tinue read­ing Major­ity of stu­dents liv­ing in poverty?