The Importance of Social Safety Net Programs by Rick Cohen describes findings from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics revealing that nearly 80 percent of Americans will experience economic hardship. The article includes many public opinion surveys showing Americans are hostile to government spending on poverty. Urging nonprofit leadership to demonstrate to the majority of Americans that anti-poverty programs aren’t simply for “other people” but are likely to be needed and potentially used by four-fifths of Americans at some time in their lives.
The National Association for Community Services Programs has published “Harnessing the Conversation: Raising Awareness of the Community Services Block Grant Program Using Social Media in 2015.” And CAPLAW’s webinar: “Managing Your Nonprofit’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Presence: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls” is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 from 12:30 – 2:00 PM EDT.
The Missouri Association for Community Action developed the Community Action Poverty Simulation to help raise awareness about different aspects of poverty that can lead to discussion about the potential for change in local communities.
Both the Kansas Association of Community Action Programs and Community Action Kentucky have developed powerful Poverty: A-Z exhibits to communicate the realities of poverty and efforts to combat poverty.
The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy created the Poverty Diet Experience to promote understanding of the difficulties related to poverty and hunger.