I am currently working with a group called, ALIV(e), which stands for Awareness of Low-Income Voices. I am facilitating the process of increasing their online presence through a website, a blog and a twitter feed so that they can continue their amazing work using new forms of communication.
After having a 4 hour meeting with the group today, I am inspired by the stories they brought to the table. There are many stories of poverty in the Waterloo Region that most residents are not familiar with. It is this groups’ mandate to raise awareness of those stories so that change can happen. Not only are they talking about the social problems around poverty, but they have ideas for solutions to those problems.
The need now is for the right people to hear those ideas and solutions and make the changes.
More about the ALIV(e) group:
ALIV(e) is a collaborative group of individuals with LIVED low income experience, looking to bring the voice of the low income community into the arena of poverty prevention and reduction.
ALIV(e) supports networking between government, non-profit groups and low income communities.
Awareness of Low Income Voices – ALIV(e) – was founded in 2007 by Opportunities Waterloo Region as a way to learn more about the issues, experiences and concerns of people living on low incomes. With financial, administrative and facilitation support from Opportunities, ALIV(e) is educating its members and the wider community about poverty-related concerns and initiatives aimed at preventing and reducing poverty.
The group is constantly looking for new members that can add to the voice of ALIV(e). Please contact Brenda Regehr at Opportunities Waterloo Region at 519-883-2353 ext.#5985 for further information or to attend a meeting.
Keep checking back for news about when their website will be launched.