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:
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.