KVCAP: Community Investors Initiative
Thank you for considering joining the Community Investors Initiative, which is hosted by The Poverty Action Coalition. The Poverty Action Coalition is a local group of people who came together to alleviate poverty, and the Community Investors Initiative is our first major project.
Community Investors are people like you who are willing to receive weekly e-mails people in need. The people we feature in our e-mails have shown that they are facing a specific barrier to maintaining their current quality of life or moving out of poverty. Every request we send out is reviewed by the Community Investors Committee to insure that all other resources have been explored before we ask you for help. This is in line with our belief that investing in our most vulnerable community members makes the entire community stronger.
When we began this initiative in March of 2015, we only served residents of Waterville. From March to December, we sent out 27 requests and directly impacted 79 people. Due to the Initiative’s success, we have been able to expand our reach to Winslow and Vassalboro.
You are by no means obligated to respond to the requests we post, but if you are willing and able to we will happily accept your help. Help can come in the form of providing a connection to a resource, donating items (for example, a piece of furniture or purchasing new bedding, etc), or giving a financial contribution. We will accept financial contributions to the Community Investors Initiative at any time. Online financial donations can be submitted at here. Be sure to enter “Community Investors” in the designation section of the donation form. Alternatively, checks can be mailed to
c/o Paige Barker
97 Water Street
Waterville, ME 04901
Other communities with similar initiatives have several donors who pledge an ongoing, monthly donation to the fund.
The four referring agencies for the Community Investors are the Waterville General Assistance office, Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, AOS 92, and KVCAP. We are proud to say that this process has not only increased the resources available to people in need, but has also enhanced collaboration between the agencies.
Please spread the word to your professional and personal contacts – anyone can join the list by simply sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paige Barker, Americorps VISTA for KVCAP
on behalf of the Poverty Action Coalition