I confess I had a wrong perspective about poverty.”

– Community Member

What is poverty?
Why does it matter?
What can you do about it?

Poverty is a major issue in Evansville and the tri-state.

With 40% of households either in poverty or one step away, the effects can be seen across the community from crime to abuse to broken families.

But the good news is that poverty doesn’t have the final word.
You and I have the opportunity to make a difference.

Understanding poverty is the first step.

See below for a growing list of resources to help equip you in understanding poverty and making a difference fighting it.

Community I See book

The Community I See:
Why I have hope for a better Evansville

This book and audiobook (digital versions are free) from Gina Gibson, our Executive Director, takes you on a journey to look at some of the problems plaguing Evansville. Along the way, she confronts misconceptions, offers new perspectives, and shares a vision of hope.

You’ll come away with a better understanding of our community, its problems, and discover practical steps and inspiration to be a better neighbor and create lasting change.

Get the book

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Just Get A Job:
Why our neighbors need more than a job to move out of poverty

These three resources look at the four factors causing poverty, what the solution is, and how you can get involved.

Watch Just Get A Job “mini-documentary” with Stephen Ralph
Read Just Get A Job “mini” e-book (PDF)
Watch extended conversation with Stephen, Gina, and Jeremy

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5 Minutes in Poverty

One of the biggest challenges to fighting poverty is understanding it. The 5 Minutes in Poverty display and card experience both present you with scenarios that a person in poverty might face, while providing solutions and action steps you can take to make a difference.

Learn more about the display
Learn more about the card experience

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Make a difference

You can make a difference by getting involved in one of the ways above. Have questions? Contact us to learn more.

Poverty Awareness Resources