HOW TO END POVERTY: Week 3

Read below to find out who received $1,000 (or more!) for the final week's performances of HOW TO END POVERTY IN 90 MINUTES (with 99 people you may or may not know): 

Wednesday, February 18: EDUCATION, Marathon Scholars
Marathon Scholars supports students in 4th-12th grades whose socioeconomic status may present them with profound challenges as they strive towards the dream of higher education. They help these students to reach their full potential by providing them with an adult mentor, enrichment opportunities, college prep activities, and ultimately, a college scholarship.

Thursday, February 19: MAKING OPPORTUNITIES, Mercy Corps NW
Mercy Corps NW specializes in providing small business training and small loans to people who are caught in the cycle of poverty. They also provide assistance for people looking for employment and housing, and they have developed particular programs that assist refugees and formerly incarcerated people integrating back into the general public.

Friday, February 20: SYSTEM CHANGE, Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank is known for providing emergency food to people who are hungry through a cooperative statewide network of hnger relief agencies. However, behind the scenes, OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger by advocating for fair public policies, strengthening community food systems and providing nutrition and garden education. 

Saturday, February 21: DIRECT AID, Monica
Monica is a resident of a transitional housing facility, a college student, and a single mother of three children (one of whom is severely disabled). She is ready to move out of transitional housing but needs financial assistance to make the move.

Sunday, February 22 2pm: SYSTEM CHANGE, Portland African American Leadership Forum
Portland African American Leadership Forum brings together African American leaders of the community to focus on civic engagement and a broad public policy agenda. Areas of concern include housing justice, education, and health in the African American community.

Sunday, February 22 7pm: SYSTEM CHANGE, Sisters of the Road
Sisters of the Road builds authentic relationships and alleviates the hunger of isolation, while seeking systemic solutions that reach the roots of homelessness and poverty to end them forever. They campaign for a Homeless Bill of Rights, food justice, and ending poverty systematically locally, nationally, and internationally.

Thank you to everyone who came to see the show, who talked about it with their friends, and who kept the conversation (and is keeping the conversation) going after the play ends. We could not be more grateful to present this work to Portland audiences. Whether you were there or not... Which approach would you choose?