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This site is the online home of a project completed by a team of Leadership Charlottesville participants. Voices of Poverty is, at its core, a series of podcasts Ã¢â‚¬â€ audio interviews broadcast online Ã¢â‚¬â€œ with those living in poverty or working to help those living in poverty, in the greater Charlottesville area.
The purpose of this project is to draw attention to the fact that more than 25 percent of the population of Charlottesville lives at or below the Federal Poverty Level.
This fact is one of many we learned as a class in the Leadership Charlottesville program, a Charlotteville Regional Chamber of Commerce offering that provides education about our community and leadership development opportunities. As a team, we were moved by what we learned, and wanted to make a difference by highlighting not only the poverty statistics but giving poverty a voice.
Our community partner in this endeavor is the United WayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Volunteer Center, providing opportunities for individuals and groups throughout the Charlottesville area to lend a hand in time, talent and labor. Donations are accepted as well. Through volunteerism, we believe we can all make Charlottesville a better place to live Ã¢â‚¬â€œ for everyone.
The Jefferson Area Child Health Partnership (CHIP) staff work every day with low income families. They help these families connect with needed services in our community. Some of the staff members are low income themselves, and they understand the challenges of trying to be a good parent when facing ongoing financial challenges. Compassionate and committed, the CHIP staff advocates strongly for their clients.In this podcast, they talk about the baby steps, support networks and knowledge people need to pull themselves out of poverty. Produced by Voices of Poverty.
When Dave Norris ran for City Council, affordable housing topped the list when he shared his platform with constituents. As the community continues to grow at an astonishing rate and nationwide accolades for the community attract more people to relocate to Charlottesville, housing prices continue to climb.
Meet Art, a Charlottesville area native who never knew there were homeless people here until he was one of them. We met Art as a guest of PACEM, an organization that provides overnight shelter during the winter months. His story about living, working and trying to find affordable housing in Charlottesville is compelling and provides a glimpse of the daily life of the homeless among us.
Voices of Poverty is, at its core, a series of podcasts, audio interviews broadcast online, with those living in poverty or working to help those living in poverty, in the greater Charlottesville area.