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To help those in need to transform their lives by providing food, crisis care, opportunities for education and employment, and a hand up to families , individuals and children who are fighting to break the cycle of poverty Read more
To help those in need to transform their lives by providing food, crisis care, opportunities for education and employment, and a hand up to families , individuals and children who are fighting to break the cycle of poverty
United Against Poverty is the only national organization to provide families with both emergency food supplies and the opportunity to obtain highly subsidized groceries, including hygiene products, six days a week. We provide a comprehensive approach to fight and reduce long-term, poverty related hunger. Additionally, our Passport Out of Poverty model is a holistic, multi-pronged approach that breaks the cycle of poverty through:
Offering immediate hunger relief
Stabilizing crisis situations
Multiplying client purchasing power for food & hygiene items
Restoring dignity, self-respect, and a sense of personal responsibility
Establishing self sufficiency
Our organization is not affiliated with any religion or faith-based organization. However, those who work here do feel called to this type of mission-based vocation and our founders have embraced a long-term commitment to help families break the cycle of poverty. The United Against Poverty model is unique in that it requires clients to make a contribution of some sort such as attending classes, participating in programs, contributing a percentage of the cost of food or volunteering. We provide ongoing support and establish ongoing relationships with clients. It is the guiding principle of our leadership that people living in poverty do not need empty handouts, but a program that offers a comprehensive hand-up towards a new future.
This is the first place my daughter as a group "Helping Hands" made up of 6-7th graders went to learn about how CFOC provides food and hope to those in need where they believe their Cost Share Grocery Program instead of direct handouts. They got to stock shelves, bag groceries and organize the Thrift Store. Helping Hands has been there twice so far and look forward to many more Sundays giving back to the community. Btw, in the same location they also have a Thrift Store as well as employment assistance, & education programs, a crisis center & health center.
I am currently interning at CFOC, and so far I truly love the experience. It is a wonderful organization to volunteer for, and there are many opportunities to volunteer in, based on your area of interest. We need most volunteers in our cost share grocery program, to help our store run smoothly, but we also need volunteers in the thrift store, at our welcome desk, and in our Life Enrichment and Academic Proficiency Center. One of the main mottos of CFOC is to provide a hand up, not a hand out to our clients; we are seeking to help people move from poverty to self sufficiency by standing alongside them and giving them the tools they need to help themselves. By volunteering with CFOC, you are helping us do just that.