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Pennies for Poverty is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce poverty in the Greater Newburyport area. We do this by: • Increasing awareness and educating about poverty in Greater Newburyport. We do this through our Local Poverty Matters lecture series held monthly during the winter. • Helping people find social services they need using our online mobile-friendly searchable directory. See: resources.penniesforpoverty.org. • Promoting volunteerism and publicizing needs through our newsletter. • Improving the quality of food provided to those in need by involving farms, fresh fish and natural food stores in our gift card program and distributing the majority of our gift cards during the growing season. • Promoting food drives to help stock the shelves of local food pantries. • Supporting local businesses by buying gift cards which we donate to local anti-poverty organizations.
Pennies for Poverty, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 2008 with the belief that if everyone in the community does a little to help those in need, we can substantially reduce poverty and improve the well being of all members of the community. The original mantra for the organization was "2 Cents, 2 Cans, 2 Hours, Together." That is, everyone should put aside 2 cents a day and 2 cans a week and volunteer 2 hours a month so that together we reduce poverty.
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