The Think Tank Mission
VOAN and the Think Tanks on Poverty work on community education, leadership development, coalition building, storytelling, strategy, and developing the power needed in the community to make the changes we seek -- one step at a time. We have obtained seats at the table and worked on a range of issues across Central Ohio, including addiction and recovery, housing and homelessness, criminal justice and reentry, broadband internet, and youth prevention.
The Think Tanks on Poverty seek to give voice to working and poor people to challenge the systemic issues that keep them in poverty. Systemic change is of two kinds -- We may change a policy or law, but the most important and long-lasting systemic change is when we change how decisions are made so they include working and poor people. While doing this primary work, we also attempt to address hunger, employment, transportation, housing, injustice, and other basic needs of our organizing members so that they may continue building the community.
What we're up to now:
-Columbus Crossing Borders
-Recovery Poets from Writing and Rewriting the Self
The Digital Recovery Cafe is a night of art, connection, and entertainment for members of the Newark recovery community, friends, and families on December 4th with scheduled performances from 7:00 to 8:30 PM followed by an open mic.
The event will take place over a Zoom video call so you can enjoy the event without leaving the house.
This event is hosted by the Newark Think Tank on Poverty and is designed by members of the Newark recovery community to be a fun evening for those looking to unwind at the end of the week, celebrate recovery, and enjoy community art.