Location: Anderson, Indiana, United States

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Information on poverty

Hi everyone!

I received this website in an e-mail from the State Office today, and I wanted to share it with you. It's a site that houses information on poverty, as well as ways to educate yourself and others and ways to get involved to fight back against poverty. There's a very good video on how a family of four can budget for a year on $18,810--the rate the government has set as the poverty rate for a family of four. The video is only 2 minutes long, and it loads quickly. You can find it by going to the "educate" section, then clicking on the "quiz" link at the top of the page. Once there, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Take a tour of this forgotten state." While you're at the site, you might want to quiz yourself on your knowledge of poverty. I missed 2 out of 10 questions. It's very insightful and informative. Also, check out the poverty facts link. And, if you can, get involved. :)

In other news, the land at the Boys and Girls Club has now been sprayed for the garden. It will be tilled on Friday. Our ground-breaking ceremony will be on May 22nd, at the Boys and Girls Club (2200 W 22nd St) at 1 p.m. The mayor will do a ribbon-cutting ceremony, we will do a ceremonial planting, the Parks Department sign should be up, and we're inviting media from Indianapolis as well as Madison County. We're looking into singing/musical groups, too. If you can, come join us as we celebrate! :)

And don't forget--it's never too late to sign up for Citizens Corps. Just give me a call at 641-2470 or jgates AT, and I will get you set up!

Also, we are accepting donations for disaster preparation kits still. We accept cash, checks (made out to RSVP), and items such as flashlights, batteries, AM/FM radioes, bottled water, and space blankets. To donate, you can either send the item or money to us at 125 E 13th St, Anderson, IN, 46016, or you can bring the item or money to us at the same address. We're on the corner of 13th and Central Avenue, just behind the Anderson Public Library. We share a building with the Bookmobile. For those of you who are old enough, you might recall this as the old Sears garage. :)

Jenny Gates
jgates AT
125 E 13th St
Anderson, IN 46016


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