By Royce Debow
Chair, Board of Directors
Community Action, Inc.
As a board member of Community Action Inc. of Rock and Walworth counties, I take pride in the programs we run that are aimed at creating pathways out of poverty. Whether it’s transitional housing, job training or other programs, the staff works to illuminate options for individuals in need. Continue Reading
It was the largest monetary donation in 18 years to the Rio Area Food Pantry, but John Atkinson (CWCAC Board Member & Rio Food Pantry Coordinator) said he hadn’t told anyone yet because he was still in shock. “The teacher said, ‘I’ve got you on speaker phone with the class and they’ve got something to tell you,” he said. “They said that they got $10,000 for the Rio Food Pantry, and John said, ‘What?’” Continue Reading
Amy Treptow, participant of West CAP’s Skills Enhancement Program, is the winner of the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty Storyteller Contest, sponsored by the Half in Ten campaign and the Coalition on Human Needs. The contest was part of the Our American Story project, which connects people who have experienced poverty with political leaders, media, and advocacy organizations—an ongoing effort to raise the visibility of those who don’t have a high-profile lobby representing their interests during policy debates.
Read the full article here: http://www.thenation.com/article/178084/if-members-congress-hear-americans-living-poverty-will-they-do-something-about-it
Jobs, jobs, jobs. Every day, we hear about the need for good paying jobs. The same was echoed in CAP Services’ 2013 triennial needs assessment survey of low-income households. In fact, the top five priorities identified were jobs (better-paying), jobs (full-time), jobs (with health insurance), car maintenance/insurance and the inability to pay bills. Continue Reading