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.
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.