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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 Sep 9, 2009
    When Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated asked its members to support United We Serve’s Summer Service Initiative, the ladies of the Xi Zeta Omega Chapter located in Washington, DC, joined right in to provide “service to all mankind.” On Saturday, August 22, 2009, members of the Xi Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority supported Beautification Day 2009 sponsored by the District of Columbia Public Schools. A team of volunteers gathered at Burrville Elementary School to ‘spruce up’ the school building and grounds prior to the beginning of the school year.
  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    I have been working for the Federal Government for over 33 years, most of the time in human resources (training, career planning, employee development, HR). I have written three courses on career planning and have conducted numerous workshops on career planning to thousands of individuals at Federal and local government agencies, professional associations, conferences, and non-profit organization. I have also been a career counselor in interagency job centers during Federal RIFs.
  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    Inspired by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation when they demonstrated how simple it is to save a life, this past summer two teens from Sharon, Massachusetts, created the “One Bag, One Life” campaign. Leah Zuroff and Andy Hanold created the slogan, logo, ordered 800 eco-friendly grocery bags on-line, and the campaign was off and running!
  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    The Sharing the Harvest Community Farm Project is a collaboration between the Dartmouth YCMA and the Greater New Bedford Hunger Commission of Southeastern Massachusetts, a program of the United Way. Derek Heim, Executive Director of the Dartmouth YMCA, signed on as a part of the summer service initiative which President Obama announced in June in an effort to get more volunteers for this effort. In these tough economic times, the demand on local food pantries is greater than ever.
  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    From the moment I began my term of service with AmeriCorps in October, it became apparent to me that all over the country, people were going to be looking for new ways to deal with hunger, and my community of Binghamton, NY was no different.
  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    I am a volunteer with RSVP because of events that happened in my life. I am a product of the Military. I served approximately thirty-three years in the Army. My assignments include duty with a number of Special Forces Units, the Institute for Military Assistance and several Army Airborne Divisions. Following my Military Service, I worked as a contractor in a remote area of Africa. This was followed by approximately twelve years with the Department of State in the Foreign Service. I am fortunate in that throughout all of these jobs I was never ill and took any medication.
  • Posted on Sep 4, 2009
    Students at Von Steuben High School painted a 15-foot mural depicting their experiences at Foster Beach in Chicago. The mural is a daily reminder of more than six years of monthly stewardship and seasonal adventures.
  • Posted on Sep 3, 2009
    UPS human resource employees had an opportunity to spend an afternoon working with Women on the Rise, an organization that supports parenting and early childhood education.
  • Posted on Sep 3, 2009
    RSVP Senior Corps volunteers began a new partnership with the US Army by assisting the Arsenal Island Disaster Drill. On August 13th, 18 RSVP volunteers participated in a disaster drill at the U.S. Army’s Rock Island Arsenal on Arsenal Island between Davenport and Rock Island in the Mississippi. Volunteers participated as victims in a simulated poisonous gas release. They went through triage on site then were transported to hospitals on both sides of the river. Afterwards several answered questions about their experience.
  • Posted on Sep 3, 2009
    Butte, Montana RSVP volunteers are enjoying their summer volunteer activities. One of our summer programs was at the Sunshine Kiwanis residential camp. This camp provides a residential summer camp program with a five day sessions for children from ages 7 – 11. The Butte Silver Bow Kiwanis Camp has been existence for the past 64 years.

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