• Join Local Pastors for an Advent Series addressing Stigma and Harm Reduction

  • Build Community, Share Art

  • 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.

What we're up to now:

Digital Recovery Cafe - Friday, Dec 4th @ 7pm (Zoom)

Featured Artists:

-Rese Jhordan
-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.




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: