” … poverty is a significant and growing problem for America — one that costs our economy hundreds of billions of dollars each year, and leaves poor families and individuals with a greatly reduced chance of achieving the American Dream. Children raised in poverty today will grow up in circumstances that, the data tell us, will give them a small, if not negligible, chance of following a path that will lead them to a markedly better place than where they began.”
Archives for July 2014
“The immigration debate gets one thing right: The foreign-born population is growing. In 2012, according to data from the Census Bureau, there were more than 40 million people living in the U.S. who weren’t born here, up 31 percent since 2000. … The drivers of that growth, however, have changed significantly in recent years.”
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Thirty NOC children from HHI and Bluffton had the opportunity to participate in the BCSD’s 2014 School Expo at Bluffton High School on Saturday, July 26.
The children were excited and participated in the program enthusiastically. They were selected by their Program Managers because of their regular attendance, good performance, and good behavior in NOC’s Virtual Summer Learning Program. They were excellent ambassadors for NOC and their respective Program Centers. They received backpacks, school supplies, and a $50 gift card from Walmart. They joined other children from across the county for a hearty lunch and beverages. The experience was very special for these kids who were already eager to venture out to spend their money. All in all, this was a great day for these kids.
NOC extends a special thank you to the BCSD, the dedicated staff of the District who organized this event, the vendors who provided supplies for the students, and also to Walmart for their generous contribution of gift cards.
The Neighborhood Outreach Connection (NOC) has helped the residents of the Oaks Apartments in HHI to form a community organization after discussions over the past two years. These discussions allowed the residents to recognize the importance of having an organization and building consensus on the role of such an organization and its responsibilities.
On July 21, 2014, residents of the Oaks Apartments enthusiastically elected four officers (a president, 2 vice presidents, and a secretary) of their new organization.
The aim of the organization is to foster community unity and engagement to promote community development. The Oaks organization will, among other things, focus on safety and security, environmental cleanliness, and beautification, as well as promotion of social events. They will maintain continuous dialogue with the regime management to ensure that tenants’ rights are protected and that the property is well maintained, in keeping with standards of the regime’s by-laws. The organization will also develop a neighborhood watch system in collaboration with the local law enforcement agency. NOC’s will assist this organization as needed. As this organization becomes established and successful, this model can be replicated in other neighborhoods locally.