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Mid-Week Review on Poverty: Where to Find Information and How to Help

September 30, 2009

Today is the last day in the month of September and, unofficially, marks the end of Hunger Action Month, which I mentioned in a previous post. Feeding America and the participating partners of the “Give a Little, Feed A Lot” campaign made a wonderful contribution in providing assistance to those in need. The following link is a graph on how people have contributed:

Obviously, even after September ends, there will be many individuals and families still in need of food and other basic necessities. There are thousands of organizations that work everyday to provide awareness and resources to any and everyone who wishes to support a cause or is in need of assistance. For instance, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, is urging individuals on twitter to spread the word of the latest Census Bureau statistics on poverty, using the #poverty hashtag. (Read about the purpose of hashtags.)

Next Monday, October 5th, 2009, marks World Habitat Day, a coordinated effort involving Habitat for Humanity, the United Nations, and The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), among others. There will be a series of events scheduled to take place in Washington D.C., of which Dr. Judith Rodin, former President of the University of Pennsylvania, now President at the Rockefeller Foundation, will be in attendance as a speaker.

Here at the Center, we are still incorporating the past and current research on the effects of the economic downturn for solutions on how philanthropists can help in these troubling times. We aim to have this information available during the month of October. In the meantime, keep up with current events on our blog and on twitter. Below you will find a list of twitter feeds (if available) for the organizations mentioned in this blog post. Please note: you do not need to have a twitter account to view the updates or to follow the hashtags.

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