• Sometimes it feels small town Ohio is being left behind and forgotten. In order to bring jobs to these communities, they need broadband.

  • In dark times, we move toward the light. We question what now appears untrue. We glimpse a new possible, a “new deal.”

  • Community is our greatest resource. Find a Think Tank on Poverty near you, and join us in our mission to end systemic poverty.

  • Check out People, Pandemic & Poverty - a newsletter of the Newark Think Tank on Poverty

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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.

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A New Deal that Works for Us

October 3, 10, 17, 24| 10AM – 12PM

We need a New Deal for Ohio and Appalachia.  

We Ohioans like to take care of our own. As citizens, community organizations, and public officials we do what we can. But the problems we face are bigger than we can solve with only local resources, and unmet community needs have only grown during the pandemic. Our communities need safe daycare and recreational options for our children, affordable housing, broadband access,  accessible clean energy infrastructure, living wage jobs, drug treatment programs, and more.




Economic Development & Rural Broadband Town Hall

October 20 |Tuesday | 6pm - 7:30pm

Rural communities and small towns are the heart of Ohio.

Sometimes it feels like they are being left behind and forgotten. In order to bring jobs to these communities, they need broadband.

Small businesses need internet for customers to pay with credit cards, to promote themselves on places like Facebook, to have a website, and to do things like payroll. Without these things, it's very difficult for them to grow.

Join us as we discuss how lack of broadband is impacting economic development in rural and small town Ohio, and what has to be done to change it.

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