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 for community members and working-class people on a range of issues across Central Ohio, including addiction and recovery, housing and homelessness, criminal justice, reentry and broadband expansion.
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.
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.