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  • Posted on Feb 9, 2015

    Most low-income families face a litany of financial and employment challenges, which is why Social Innovation Fund (SIF) intermediary the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is expanding its comprehensive Financial Opportunity Centers and using data to inform these expansion efforts.

    These 75 centers nationwide represent both a workforce-development and asset-building programming model with services such as job readiness, employment training, financial coaching and help in accessing public benefits.

    Through these services, participants can boost monthly net income and obtain critical supports such as health insurance and utility assistance that improve family well-being.

    “Low-income, low-wage jobs are not enough to sustain a family,” said Seung Kim, LISC program director for family income and wealth building. “Our strategy is to empower individuals and families through an intentional, integrated services approach.”

    These integrated services, or “bundled services,” aim to provide individuals with employment counseling, financial coaching, and access to income supports to help boost steady income, reduce expenses, and build credit and wealth. It is a value-added approach that includes a major emphasis on data and evaluation. For example, one key research question is whether participants receiving multiple services show stronger outcomes than those participating in only one or two activities.

    “The data really drive how we understand the program,” Kim said.

    For example, job placement rates are higher for those with greater involvement. Individuals with only basic employment services have a 26 percent...

  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    I walk for my daughter, Meghan, August 1, 1985 – October 22, 2007. I walk for YOUR DAUGHTER, TOO. This is Meghan’s Story ….
  • Posted on Aug 18, 2009
    Summer is a season of heightened hunger in America. As the school year ends and school nutrition programs end with it, many children lose an important source of food. Regular donations to local charities are also interrupted by travel and changed summer schedules. In 2009, economic troubles have made the challenges facing many families even greater. When John Berry became the Director of OPM this spring, Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf asked him if Federal workers might be able to help food banks in the National Capital Region, and the Feds Feed Families food drive was born.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    Regardless of her disability, Blair has always loved community service. On June 17, the same day Blair graduated from high school, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ “A Brush With Kindness” Program through ABILITY Corps.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    Student Alejandro Gonzalez at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas, presents his Domestic Violence Awareness Month poster to the Task Force Against Domestic Violence and Capitol One Bank.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    In Little Rock, Arkansas, on July 20, 2009, about 150 junior and senior high school students, many of them from nearby Pine Bluff, attended a day-long summit to discuss the importance of public service and education.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    In 2008, Dr. Angela, assistant clinical professor at the UCLA Department of Family Medicine, began a community health program at Korean Resource Center (KRC) with a group of Korean American medical students. Monthly clinics are held that provide individual consultations to low-income uninsured Korean Americans, many of whom have been diagnosed with illnesses.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    World-wide youth joined New York City community members for invasive weeding and park repair. On Saturday, July 18, volunteers from Goldman Sachs and more than 130 volunteers from The UN Foundation’s second annual Youth Leadership Summit gathered to assist the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) with the reparation of northern Manhattan’s 119-acre Highbridge Park.
  • Posted on Aug 17, 2009
    70 percent of the work at the Gaining Ground organic farm in the historic Concord, Mass., is completed by volunteers. In fact, volunteers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds harvest approximately 20,000 lbs. of organic produce at the farm each growing season.
  • Posted on Aug 14, 2009
  • Posted on Aug 14, 2009
    Hunger is a serious and on-going problem for senior citizens and families in Stark County, Ohio. According to the American Community survey, the poverty rate in Ohio is 13% and the National Center for Children in Poverty found that 16% of Ohio’s children are living in poverty. The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks reported that in any given week 207,700 different Ohioan’s receive emergency food assistance, 35% of those are children under 18 and one in ten are age 5 or under. 9% of these are seniors, many of whom live on fixed incomes.

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