• Join us for a Free Community Eviction Prevention Workshop on July 20th!

  • Click here to watch the first installment of our #LetsTalkAboutStigma Coffee Talk!

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

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

The Think Tank Mission

The Think Tanks on Poverty give voice to working and poor people to challenge the systemic issues that keep them in poverty and to build local groups to carry out this mission.

VOAN supports the Think Tanks on Poverty with infrastructure support, leadership development, coaching on coalition building, strategic planning, and helping each group develop the power needed in the community to make the changes they seek to address poverty -- one step at a time. We have helped leaders with the Think Tanks on Poverty obtained seats at the table on a range of issues across Central Ohio, including addiction and recovery, housing and homelessness, criminal justice, reentry, and broadband expansion.

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.

Upcoming Events

Free Community Eviction Prevention Workshop

Tuesday, July 20th, 11am - 1:30pm

This workshop will feature:

  • Critical education for individuals and those wanting to empower them to maintain stable housing.
  • Detailed overview of the top ten myths about eviction that can trip folks up.
  • Links to local resources to help weather a housing crisis. 

You can attend in person or via Zoom!

  • Register to attend online here: LINK
  • Or attend in person at: Bethel Community Center, 126 Ontario Street, Zanesville - Lunch will be provided

ReImagine Appalachia
Rural communities and small towns forging a seat at the table on climate change.

Now is the time to come together and reimagine a 21st-century economy for the Ohio Valley that’s good for workers, communities, and the environment. For more than 200 years, we’ve extracted enormous wealth from our region while others benefit. Today we stand united, building on the power of past efforts to define our own future – one grounded in our land and centered on creating local wealth.

We need both a vision and a plan. Both must rely on our skilled workers and farmers while also offering hope for our next generation—of all races, ethnicities, and genders.

The Think Tanks on Poverty Joined a Recent Civilian Conservation Corps Roundtable with US Senator Casey! If you were not able to make it, no worries, you can watch it here

Links shared during Roundtable: