Written by: Chris Huber/World Vision
At World Vision, we are called to serve the most vulnerable children and their communities around the world, including right here in the United States. And we do it by engaging churches and organizations and providing a way for manufacturers and businesses to share excess resources with people struggling with poverty. In 2018, we were able to reach more than 4 million people, including 2.2 million children, through our various U.S. ministries.
Here are the top four ways we are tackling poverty in the United States.
World Vision helps tackle poverty in the United States by providing families, schools, churches, and community organizations with products donated by U.S. manufacturers and corporations. These products are distributed throughout our national network of 2,300 partner organizations from six World Vision warehouse locations and 12 affiliate partner sites. We also operate essential supplies, building materials, and Teacher Resource Centers in cities like Chicago, Seattle, New York, Dallas, and Hartford, Connecticut.
Products donated include furniture, office and school supplies, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, appliances, clothing, toys, roofing shingles, insulation, books, seasonal decorations, and other items. In 2018, we distributed nearly $100 million worth of new donated products that helped almost 3.7 million people.
One way you can give essential products, like a winter coat, to a child in need is through the World Vision Gift Catalog.
When a major disaster strikes a U.S. community, World Vision staff jump into action to make sure children are protected and their families find relief during their time of crisis. Our response teams can act quickly after events like hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Florence because of pre-positioned emergency relief supplies at our warehouses across the country.
World Vision has helped more than 230,000 people affected by storms in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina from September 2017 through the end of 2018.
Supporting our disaster relief efforts in the U.S. will provide relief when disaster survivors need it most.
In addition to our essential supplies and building materials centers, World Vision offers resources for teachers, schools, and their students through our Teacher Resource Centers. When families can’t afford to buy basic school supplies for their kids, their teachers and school leaders often provide them out of their personal budget. At World Vision Teacher Resource Centers, they get to select free items a few times per year to stock up on school supplies, classroom materials, books, games, and incentives to keep students engaged in lessons. This ministry impacted 288,829 students and teachers at 788 schools nationwide in 2018.
We also organize backpack drives each fall with various professional athletes and run an after-school tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk students, called KidREACH. In 2018, more than 200 students participated in KidREACH.
You can provide school supplies to tangibly encourage a child in their studies.
Volunteers and kit-building program
We also engage local volunteers. They come from all walks of life, including churches, schools, corporations, and special-needs student groups. They are essential to our ministry’s impact. Last year, more than 6,600 people gave almost 89,000 hours of their time. This saved World Vision more than $2 million in labor costs, which allowed us to invest more into the ministry to help the most vulnerable in America.
One popular volunteer activity with huge local impact is assembling kits. Hundreds of churches, schools, and corporations across the U.S. donate the funds for and volunteer to build kits each year. They provide hygiene supplies for disaster survivors, Women’s Hope Kits for feminine hygiene needs, and backpack and school supplies kits for students and teachers.
Learn more about how you can get involved with us through volunteering or building kits. www.worldvision.org/kits