Yesterday was the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Last week I talked a little bit about our VISTA program. On a national level, VISTA has been working to eradicate poverty for 45 years now, but it’s no easy battle. Poverty looks different in every community and so do the means to eradicate it. This year, the United Nations is focusing the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on economic stability through job creation. There lies the challenge – to this day, no one really knows the one answer to making poverty “go away,” so we have to focus our energy in all sorts of ways. Job creation, education, diversity training, and more must be paired with meeting the basic needs of housing, hunger, homelessness. Through the nonprofit sector, and through federal programs like VISTA, we have the opportunity to strengthen each of these efforts and, perhaps more importantly, bring them together in partnership to create a web of services that can meet both the immediate needs and the far-reaching reasons behind poverty.
It’s not easy, but we can all do something. If you’d like to learn more about the day, visit http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/social/intldays/IntlDay/index.html. I also invite you to learn more about the many ways our VISTA members are tackling poverty, then share your thoughts and ideas.