Poverty's Edge

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley's take on poverty, how it affects our communities, and what we're doing about it.

08 Aug

We Do That, Too

CACLV is, to say the least, a complicated organization. With a budget in excess of $25 million (counting the value of the food distributed by the Second Harvest Food Bank), programs such as the Sixth Street Shelter, Weatherization and Community …...

02 Feb

Seriously, Bernie?

Over in the goofy world of blogs, I’ve been vilified once again by my friend, Bernie O’Hare. There are lots of weirdos in the shadows, trolls who take strong positions attacking people they don’t know, lying and wishing they …...

20 Nov

Trafficking in the Lehigh Valley

“Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity in the world and is the 2nd largest criminal activity with drug trafficking being number one. Human trafficking can be in the form of labor or commercial sexual exploitation.” Valley …...

23 Oct

Alan Jennings’ 2015 Annual Meeting Speech

I was raised going to church. I thought I heard Pope Francis saying the same things in Philadelphia the other day that I was hearing in that church. As a nation of believers, whether Protestant or Catholic or Jewish or …...

02 Oct

CACLV: Our Past, Present, and Future (Part One of Three)

Written by Jessica R. Dreistadt, Planner for Lehigh Valley Community Land Trust, Rising Tide Community Loan Fund, West Ward Neighborhood Partnership, and Renew Lehigh Valley. Our Past I was recently given the arduous task of piecing together CACLV’s early history, …...

18 Sep

September is Hunger Action Month!

By Nicole Reeder, Dietetic Intern in the Nutrition Education Department at Second Harvest Food Bank Each September, Feeding America spends the month campaigning for hunger awareness.  Hunger in America is more prevalent than many realize—1 in 6 Americans to be …...

27 Aug

The’re Playing Games with the Budget

We are almost 2 months into the fiscal year and there is no sign that the legislature is going to do one of the most fundamental tasks they have as a governing body. We still do not have a budget …...

28 Apr

My City in Flames

by Alan Jennings Most people who know me know that I am a diehard fan of the Baltimore Orioles. I am from Hagerstown, Maryland. My family could only afford vacations returning home to visit aunts, uncles, grandparents. I learned racism …...

30 Oct

Personal growth through the realm of poverty

By: Delia Marrero I have grown as a person living in poverty, watching a system that creates a cycle of dependency with very few passages for escape. This system promotes stereotypes and generalizations. The conditions that are associated with poverty …...

13 Mar

Karner, Longenbach and Hailstone on LV Discourse TONIGHT!

The Lehigh Valley’s cities have become a happening.  Through an array of factors, including progressive civic and business leadership, activist mayors, young adults’ interest in cities, tax incentives, location, location and location, Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton are on the march.  …...

20 Feb

RISING TIDE LENDS $427,000 TO 10 SMALL BUSINESSES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:    Chris Hudock     484-893-1039   RISING TIDE LENDS $427,000 TO 10 SMALL BUSINESSES   The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund has made 10 new loans totaling $427,182 in the last year creating or retaining 94 jobs.  Of …...

20 Feb

CACLV OFFERS FREE TAX RETURN PREPARATION ASSISTANCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:  NICOLE FOLINO  610-417-8956 More Than 1,000 Taxpayers Per Year Assisted, Saving Hundreds by Avoiding Commercial Preparers and Their Costly “Refund Anticipation Loans” The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley has dozens of trained volunteers waiting …...

11 Feb

U.S Representative Charlie Dent on LV Discourse Thursday

U.S. Representative Charlie Dent has catapulted to the national political stage because he has tried to bring some moderation to his caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The so-called Tea Party conservatives’ strident rhetoric and extremist tactics such as …...

09 Jan

Representatives Mackenzie and Schlossberg on LV Discourse

Pennsylvania Representatives Ryan Mackenzie and Mike Schlossberg are finishing their rookie years as legislators.  These two talented, smart, hard-working twenty-somethings are rare among partisans these days: they get along, they work together, and they want to get something accomplished.  Representatives …...

22 Dec

A Better World is Up to Us

There is something about an approaching new year that leads us to assess where we are with our plans, our expectations, our hopes, and our fears. In my case, I agonize constantly over the human condition. So, I can’t help …...

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