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Helping the Poor

Culture of Poverty in America

Linetta J. Gilbert | Posted 06.12.2012 | Impact
Linetta J. Gilbert

The culture of poverty, i.e., the environment, institutions, individual behaviors, policies and practices of poverty in the U.S., have affected those who experience poverty as well as those who are observers to its conditions.

Bread, Not Chocolate: An Ash Wednesday Meditation

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

Should we persist in fasting, God through Isaiah and those writing in Isaiah's name, describe the fast that pleases God. And there is no mention of chocolate.

Would Martin Luther Vote For Barack Obama?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 03.30.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

If Luther was living today and had the opportunity to vote, I believe wholeheartedly that the political views of President Barack Obama would resonate with his vision of universal needs for all.

Measuring Your Money's Impact

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Economic development and scholarly research alike deserves scrutiny. Let's not target our dollars at only what we can document, instead of what we can dream.

It's a Really Bad Time to Be Middle Class in America

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Obama is being forced to rip open the social fabric of this country to reduce the Bush generated debts.

Save a Child in Less Than Two Minutes

Riva Greenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Riva Greenberg

2010-11-03-jgh.jpgWhen you watch this video -- and pass it on -- Roche Diabetes Care will make a donation for life-saving insulin to get to children in need.

10 Things Poor People Like

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Hani Almadhoun

Congratulations, a lousy economy and a "Third World America", we are all poor now. To help welcome you to poverty (uncharted territory for many of us)...

Not All Poor People Need Our Help

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvette Carnell

The point which both political parties miss is that poor people are not a homogeneous group. They don't all require coddling, nor do they all deserve a kick in the backside. People are poor for different reasons.

A Basket Of Summer Fruit: What God Thinks Of Societies That Fail The Poor

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

This is the heart of God's will for all of us, from our leaders on down: We are to be at work to bring justice to those who are powerless, and to meet the needs of the poor.

New Financial Services for the Poor

Melinda Gates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

In Mexico, we're trying to deliver banking services to rural communities in a way that is affordable to poor people. The way we are doing that is by bringing banking outside the bank.

The 'If-Only' Folly: The Insatiable Emptiness of Consumerist Culture

Eric Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The error of the protagonist of the Parable of the Fool was not only to imagine that his life and security could be found in affluence, but that his things actually belonged to him, that he actually owned them.

Project Oatmeal Revisited: Feeding NYC's Hungry

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

For just 17 cents per meal, you can fund high quality oatmeal for those who need it most. It is inexpensive, highly nutritious and light to transport.

Hazon Yeshaya: Providing for the Poor of Israel

Abraham Israel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abraham Israel

I am a retired businessman who volunteers all his time and efforts to better the lives of our needy brothers and sisters in Israel.

Emergency Help Desperately Needed to Heat Homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Chris Rodda

People on the Pine Ridge Reservation, particularly the elderly, are literally in danger of freezing to death this winter because they can't pay their heating bills.

The Yen, the Yuan and the Yunus

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

A global currency would allow emerging economies to borrow in their own currency, avoid currency mismatches and the extreme poor can trade with each other without being exposed to currency risk.

Too Poor to Get the Groceries Home?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

It's time to stop the utter condescension that says harried poor people can't learn new tricks too or be expected to inconvenience themselves for the common good.

Poverty in America: A Relative Term

David Beckmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Beckmann

Measuring poverty in a way that more accurately reflects today's demands on a family's budget is necessary to ensure that no family is left behind.

The Hardwiring of Human Empathy: How We Can Save One Child at a Time

Mallika Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mallika Chopra

If human empathy works best in one-to-one connections between the individual with resources and the individual in need, then we need to work harder than ever before to bring those one-to-one connections all over the world.

New Connections Will Pave the Road to Economic Recovery

Sara K. Gould | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sara K. Gould

Why do we not take action to realize the potential economic contributions of half our population as we prepare to spend billions of dollars to stimulate the economy?

Project Oatmeal: Feeding the Hungry of New York

Anthony Papa | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anthony Papa

As he filled the heavy bags of apples to be donated to the poor, a thought came Noah Lukeman. What if we could have a lighter food to transport that contained a longer shelf life?

Betting His Legacy on Public Participation

Shunit Harpaz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shunit Harpaz

There is a great potential for a positive change in our society, a change where people take charge of serving the public, living a life that is meaningful and satisfying.

Obama and the Science of Altruism

Jamil Zaki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamil Zaki

Why would we have evolved to feel each other's pain? Two aspects of empathy can help explain this, and the reason that evolution may have selected for strong empathizers in the first place.

The Giving Garden

Bridget Mason and Kayomi Wada | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bridget Mason and Kayomi Wada

Judging by the almost 80 volunteers who came out to build a garden in Downtown Tacoma, I would have to say there are a lot of Americans out there just waiting for an opportunity to give back!

Moving from 'Yes, We Can' to Yes We Are!

Michelle Cote | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Cote

After this week's celebrations end, we will have to follow Dr. King's example and reinvest our energy and optimism into efforts whose benefits many not be fully seen for many years to come.

What Can You do as an Individual to Uplift Humanity?

Mallika Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mallika Chopra

The power that each of us has in our families, particularly as mothers, is incredible. We shape the world view, the biases, the sense of understanding and compassion in our children.