No more applause for predicting rain, only for building arks.
Here’s a peek into the work that we do (and shared on the front page of Saturday’s Statesman Journal)! Last week we presented at a conference where 200 school administrators and educators across the state attended. We are so proud of the work that we do, and excited to see it shared with community members.
Here’s Waldo Middle School Principal Tricia Nelson’s takeaway: “I know how important it is to involve families but I can’t seem to get enough of them involved. Now I know why. Maybe if I did something on the weekend or different hours or find out how they want to be involved.”
"We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves." — Galileo Galilei
Interactive maps show links among poverty, unemployment and food stamps in Oregon counties | OregonLive.com
How does your county rank?
Who are the “Faces of Food Stamps?” Check out this article to get an inside look as to what using SNAP (food stamps) is like. Have you or someone you know used food stamps? What do they mean for you? http://lightbox.time.com/2014/03/31/people-on-food-stamps/#7
Try this interactive tool to find out if you can live on a minimum wage salary. Did you make it?
"No other state has been shown to have a chronic absenteeism rate as bad as Oregon’s. Studies show that missing school can be linked directly to reading poorly, failing at math and flunking too many credits to graduate." In addition, Oregon low-income students are nearly 50% more likely to be chronically absent. Read more and find out absenteeism rates for schools in your neighborhood. - http://www.oregonlive.com/absent/
Did you know that nearly half of American households don’t have enough money saved to get through an emergency?
One of our dear volunteers, LeRoy, just passed away. While we are heartbroken about the news, we know that he would not want sorrow with the news of his passing. He always shared his vision and motivated those around him to volunteer and make a difference in the world. In his memory, we ask you to do something good - volunteer, share some kind words, start a community project. Pay it forward, and share your kind actions with us! Learn more about LeRoy.
The Census Bureau recently released some staggering statistics about the poverty rate among women. Currently it’s at the highest point it has been at in two decades. Over 14% of women are living in poverty and 60% percent of all women are either one illness, accident, or unintended pregnancy away from being there. Read more about this here: http://goo.gl/dKrFND
We know that the threat or fear of poverty is one reason a women will stay with her abuser. As these statistics show, there is a terrible truth to that threat. This is why support services and shelter for survivors and their children are so critical to their safety.
This was posted by our friends at the Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service in Salem. Another devastating impact of poverty, the isolation it can cause, and sense of powerlessness people can internalize as a result.
Please support your local shelters and services!