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Economic Opportunity

Economic Opportunity

In 2011, 22 percent of U.S. children lived in poverty and 33 percent of our children lived in families in which neither parent had full-time, year-round jobs. On a single night in America, 636,017 people were homeless — essentially as many people as live in Baltimore, MD. National Service programs are dedicated to creating economic opportunity to improve the financial well-being and security of economically disadvantaged individuals. Community organizations across the country are learning about specific interventions to address the housing, financial literacy, and employment needs of low-income populations. Read more here: http://www.nationalservice.gov/focus-areas/economic-opportunity

Organizations and Project Ideas

  • Nonprofit organizations dedicated to financial planning, financial literacy, etc.
    • Volunteer to assist low-income persons with tax preparation
    • Provide trainings and presentations on financial literacy to youth
    • Act as a mentor to individuals and families transitioning into housing and who are seeking employment
    • Volunteer with your family to assist low-income families in needs