Community Investors Initiative
The Poverty Action Coalition, a local group of people who came together to alleviate poverty in Waterville, has created a new initiative called the Community Investors. Community Investors are members of the community who receive weekly emails about individuals or families in need who could use your help. The requests featured in these emails come from residents of Waterville who have been referred to us through KVCAP, General Assistance, or the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. These agencies sit on the Community Investors Committee, which convenes to insure that the people making requests face a significant barrier to maintaining their current quality of life or moving out of poverty.
The Community Investors Initiative has only been in place for a few months, but in that short period of time we have helped several families meet basic needs like clothing, food, shelter, and furniture for their homes. This work would be impossible without the help of community members like you.
If you sign up for our Community Investors list, you are by no means obligated to respond to the requests we post, but if you are willing and able to we would gratefully accept your help. Help can come in the form of providing a connection to a resource, providing a tangible resource (for example, furniture, bedding, food, etc), or giving a financial contribution. We will accept financial contributions to the Hope Fund at any time. Other communities that operate a similar fund have several donors who pledge an ongoing, monthly donation.
We hope that this process will not only increase resources available to people in need, but will also enhance collaboration between the agencies on the Community Investors Committee. At the end of the 4 month pilot project the Committee will evaluate the initiative. There may be an opportunity at that time to invite other agencies to join the Committee.
Please spread the word to your professional and personal contacts — anyone can join the list by simply sending an email with their name, city/town of residence and email contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Paige Barker, Americorps VISTA for KVCAP
on behalf of the Poverty Action Coalition