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Five new ways for your community to help this holiday season

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 09.21.2016 | Home
Joanne Goldblum

The season is coming for food drives, organized to make sure that struggling people in our communities have a good Thanksgiving dinner and a more stab...

Not getting by in America

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 07.26.2016 | Home
Joanne Goldblum

Many Iowans - even those who are working full-time - cannot pay their bills, two recent studies show. The United Ways of Iowa found that 31 percent of...

It's not Polite to Talk About Poverty

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 02.26.2017 | Home
Joanne Goldblum

If you talk about child poverty in New Mexico, you are somehow disloyal to the state. (Critics are charging that the New Mexico Truth campaign will scare away tourists.) If you talk about poverty in America, you are challenging treasured beliefs about the American Dream.

Lawmakers get real about child poverty with diaper bills

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
Joanne Goldblum

Earlier this year San Francisco became the first city to provide diapers for families living in poverty. A bill before Congress would pilot a similar ...

Most Americans Are Getting Help -- and That's a Good Thing

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.05.2016 | Home
Joanne Goldblum

When we think of people on government assistance, we often conjure pictures of people living in our poorest neighborhoods. The truth is that most of us will get help at some point in our lives. That help is not charity; it is an investment in a healthy society.

How to Get From Here to There: Part I, Entrepreneurship and Maslow's Hierarchy

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.10.2016 | Home
Steve Mariotti

Understanding what motivates people's decisions and how people can find success is one of the keys to building a successful community.

Moms In Need Get Clothing, Toiletries For Their Families Just In Time For Mother's Day

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.11.2015 | Home

Movers around the country are helping to get essential items to mothers in need, just in time for Mother's Day. Two Men and a Truck, a moving comp...

Fighting Hunger on Michigan's Northern Frontier

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 07.08.2014 | Home
Kenneth Estelle

Food banks like ours are equipped to save surplus food before it ends up in the landfill, but since the recession, our network has been stretched to capacity by the growing need.

Hate to Clean? Be Thankful

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Joanne Goldblum

This Thanksgiving, when you're feeling grateful for your feast, also think about the napkins, the well-scrubbed faces around your table and the prospect of cleaning the oven when it's all over.

What To Do When Nature Calls

Agapi Stassinopoulos | Posted 11.05.2013 | Home
Agapi Stassinopoulos

If we do not listen to our basic needs, eat when we are hungry, sleep when we are tired, stretch when our body is tense, or drink water when we are thirsty, what other signals are we ignoring? What else in ourselves are we neglecting? Why do you think we do that?

In the Eye of the Storm: Remembering the Most Vulnerable

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Tamar Birckhead

Consistent with human nature, our interest soon faded. As we resumed our regular activities, the media began another news cycle -- focusing on the election results, the next nor'easter, a celebrity marriage or the latest grisly murder. It is unfortunate but inevitable.

Good News: More Americans Can Afford Food, Medicine

Loren Berlin | Posted 04.24.2012 | Money

In another sign that the economy is recovering, Americans' access to basic goods and services is improving, according to a new Gallup survey. The ...

Mall Santas Curb Children's Expectations To Reflect Faltering Economy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.30.2011 | Home

With so much economic uncertainty weighing on Americans this holiday season, even Santa Claus has to hedge a bit. Prospective Santas at the Charles...

Nearly Half Of All Households Lack Basic Economic Security

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.22.2011 | Home

There are certain basic costs that every household runs up -- food costs, medical expenses, utility bills. And almost half of all Americans are in dan...

More Than Half Of All Americans Didn't Go Out To Eat Last Year: Census Bureau

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.21.2011 | Home

More than half of all Americans say they've recently gone a year without dining out, in what may be one of the clearest reflections yet of how the lis...

Even Wild Dogs Protect Their Packs

Tony Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tony Schwartz

The most basic reason for guaranteeing universal health care is that we encourage a primitive, survival-based world when we fail to meet otherwise productive people's most basic needs.

Philanthropy and the Economic Crisis

Georgia Levenson Keohane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Georgia Levenson Keohane

This week and next I am a guest blogger at The Center for Effective Philanthropy. My posts address philanthropy and the economic crisis, and include ...

Down and Out in Los Angeles

Dylan Kendall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Dylan Kendall

My work has led me to question whether our current understanding of "basic needs" does little more than sustain the problem of homelessness, rather than solve it by creating empowered individuals capable of managing their own lives.