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- The ABCs of Advocacy. Read our guide to strengthening communities through advocacy.
- Budging the School Budget. A SparkAction guide to influencing school district budgets, with real-world examples.
- The Federal Budget Process in Congress: 2009. What's it got to do with your hometown? Find out!
America's great natural heritage,
including our parks, forests, refuges, and coastlines, face three major immediate and critical needs:
• A multi-billion dollar backlog of maintenance work. $9 billion in jobs wait to be done
in the National Parks alone.
In the past few years, America has experienced tremendous excitement about the potential of the green economy and its ability to provide avenues to success through employment and careers for low-income young people.
This video shares voices from those working to inspire bolder and brighter visions of what is possible for black men and boys in America. The central message: We need more models of what effective, successful, positive, collaborative leadership looks like.
2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that, where available, connects people with community services and volunteer opportunities. 2-1-1 implementation is being spearheaded by United Ways and comprehensive, specialized referral agencies nationwide.
President Obama recently announced a new summer service initiative in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Local service projects can find volunteers and volunteers can find projects in education, health, energy, the environment and more.
FRAC's recently released report outlines the following key provisions it deems essential for the nation to meet President Obama's goal of ending child hunger by 2015. Those provisions include:
A top priority for national health reform is to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality, affordable health insurance, especially the 45 million individuals, mostly adults, who are uninsured.
The Witness to Hunger program armed 40 mothers with video cameras and set them out to document their lives and what it takes to feed a family in tight times. "These women are the experts on what it's like to deal with the consequences of what our lawmakers decide," says the program's creator Mariana Chilton. On June 2, 2009, these experts shared their stories on Capitol Hill.