Over the last couple of months, media outlets and community representatives have reported the increasing employment gap between white Americans and minority Americans. The recession has impacted minority communities so much that immediate action is required. As our government continues to battle over the best way to combat troubling unemployment percentages, grassroots efforts are being forged to assist communities and individuals in need. For those of us fortunate enough to be employed, it is imperative we join these efforts to ensure our communities are as economically and politically empowered as possible.
In Washington, DC, Lift-DC is a non-profit organization that seeks "to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in Washington, DC." With the assistance of volunteers from local universities and through partnerships with other area organizations and agencies, Lift-DC works one-on-one with its clients to help them attain employment, locate housing, and obtain childcare, healthcare, and legal services. Volunteers also assist clients achieve the computer skills necessary to be competitive for jobs.
Lift-DC is in need of volunteers and monetary contributions to reach and assist as many citizens in need as possible. Lift-DC's annual benefit event is being held on November 17, 2011 at Long View Gallery. The organization is seeking individual and corporate sponsorships for the benefit. Sponsorships and tickets may be purchased through Raël Nelson-James or online at http://liftdc.eventbrite.com. If you have further questions, please feel free to contract Raël Nelson-James at 202-289-1151 or RNJames@liftcommunities.org.
Lift is also present and active in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. Please volunteer and/or donate in your area. A healthy community raises productive citizens.
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