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Women’s City Club Takes on Poverty Through Thriving Cincinnati

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Thriving Cincinnati  

Purpose: Thriving Cincinnati is a powerful new initiative to address income inadequacy, child hunger, and poverty in our community with the goal of moving Greater Cincinnati’s families from surviving to thriving. Thriving Cincinnati focuses on women, children, and minorities, disproportionately impacted by income inadequacy.

We know many groups are addressing these and related issues in large and small ways. To add momentum to these efforts, WCC initiated Thriving Cincinnati in May, 2015Thriving Cincinnati = invitation + service so individuals and groups addressing income inadequacy can find one another. All sectors of the community intertwine and can contribute to these goals: residents, non-profits, funders, policymakers, and employers.

Thriving Cincinnati aims to raise awareness that —

  • We are all touched by these issues;
  • Our choices affect others across sectors;
  • We need to collaborate and innovate.

Current activities:

Its website, Thriving Cincinnati.org, serves as a clearinghouse to gather information, exchange best practices, and promote creation and collaboration on programs working toward increasing self-sufficiency and decreasing poverty; promoting adequate wages and ending wage theft.

The committee holds periodic gatherings on common issues to promote collaboration. It invites experts across all sectors to present information on the topic, followed by discussion. People attending can share what they know and what they are working on, then  find allies to work on the issue.

What committee members do:

  • develop messaging to promote Thriving Cincinnati
  • conduct outreach to other groups and individuals to gather information about work underway and to involve them in Thriving Cincinnati
  • plan gatherings and events to share information and promote collaboration
  • maintain the Thriving Cincinnati website to collect information from partners and promote collaboration
  • Testified at Finance Committee meeting in favor of wage theft Ordinance to help passage in Council

How to become involved:

WCC members can join the committee:  Contact a co-chair:  Harriet Kaufman (hlkaufman@fuse.net or 513-751-6381) or Susan Noonan (snoonan@fuse.net or 513-777-9988)

The community can:

  • Help grow Thriving Cincinnati into a movement.
  • Become a partner through org.
  • Display the Thriving symbol or with your organization’s logo.
  • Join with others to address income inadequacy, raise awareness of the different ways we can affect income inadequacy and invite others to join.

Together we can create a sustained effort to help families and children gain livable incomes. 

Accomplishments:

  • Developed a symbol— a five- sided crystal representing key sectors that must be involved to succeed in addressing income inadequacy.
  • Developed its website and a flyer.
  • Displayed the sculpture, “Pennies on a Dollar,” by Melissa Rowland at the Women’s Health Expo in May 2015
  • Produced two videos to introduce Thriving Cincinnati to the public.
  • Held a forum in fall 2015 to promote and explain Thriving Cincinnati.
  • Held a gathering for members and the community to learn about wage theft in the community and City Council’s proposal to prohibit it with city contractors. (link to Jan-Feb bulletin article)

Upcoming events:

May 13, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Location TBA. Gathering for members and the community on the topic, “Inclusion in a Changing Economy,” where too many workers are displaced; challenges that education, transportation, and job development need to address.

 

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