LSS – War on Poverty for 68 Years

War on PovertyThis week we are reflecting on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty”. Think about our national discomfort as we disengage from a ten year war in Afghanistan / Iraq – can you imagine if this war – or any war – was still going on after 50 years? So why is it STILL going on? Because the battle hasn’t been won. Which leads one to ask, “then why not?” For 68 years LSS has been actively engaged in serving those in need, in poverty and in vulnerable stages in life. Today we serve about 250,000 clients and many of them fall into the categories of chronically or generationally poor. That is why we are focusing on sustainable permanent solutions to moving people out of poverty.

We are now engaging a comprehensive wrap-around initiative called Circles of Support. Check out our web site under this tab for more information. It is vitally important that we address the burden of poverty in new ways – because it is clearly obvious that the money and methods we have been throwing at it – like ordinance in a fighting war are not effectively accomplishing the mission. Today if we work together we CAN win the war on poverty IF we adjust our strategy and re-double our resolve.

 

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Ambassadors are short-term volunteers who open doors for our organization in the community, introducing new people at our bi-monthly Fostering Community Care event. These are one hour awareness events only (no solicitations are made) to expose people to the great work of LSS Community Care. To become an Ambassador here are your responsibilities:
  1. 1 – Attend at least one Fostering Community Care event during the calendar year
  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
  3. 3 – Inform your invited guests of what the Fostering Community Care meeting will be about, and let them know that they will receive a follow up call from the organization
  4. 4 – Ambassadors will complete their commitment after bringing 10-15 persons within the 3 month time period. An Ambassador has the option to complete after one term, continue for another 3 month term or move into another role on the team.
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Become an Ally

Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional, befriending relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty.

Other ways to help the Southern California Family Support Initiative
  • Be an Ad-Hoc Ally – share your special skill or talent
  • Be a member of your local Community Leadership Team
  • Assist with weekly Child Care/Children’s Programs
  • Be a Community Spokesman – talk about the initiative and recruit others to join
  • Financially Sponsor a Family Leader
  • Facilitate/assist with Training Our Leaders and Allies
  • Behind-the-scenes work – internet research, graphic design, writing
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We are actively seeking individuals and groups to be a part of our on-going mission to serve those in need. LSS administers over 50 specialized programs and services throughout the Southern California region. Contact your nearest LSS Center to hear about the local opportunities they have available.
Be a positive role model
Give back to others and help change lives
Transform communities
Spend your time doing something rewarding
Meet new people
Have fun
Learn new skills, share your talents, build your resume

The life you change most – may be your own!

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