Last week was the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty, and to mark the occasion The Shriver Corps emerged as a new national service partnership utilizing AmeriCorps VISTA members to lift people out of poverty in low-income communities across the country. Partners in the launch include A Woman’s Nation, The Corporation for National and Community Service, LIFT, and Bank of America.
The Shriver AmeriCorps Fellows will be right on the front lines helping to build solutions for real issues that low-income families face. These issues––like hunger, homelessness, health care, and unemployment—require financial tools and knowledge if families are to move forward. The Shriver Corps will train volunteers to help poor Americans connect with programs they’re entitled to but that they may not be aware of — everything from tax credits and food stamps to employment, health and child care assistance.
Maria Shriver has said she was also inspired to create the corps by work she did on women’s issues and with families in need when she was first lady of California. Another great example of how women are increasingly using their life experiences to help other women! Read more from PR Web
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