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At a moment's notice a person's life can dramatically change because of immobility instigated by a car repair they can't afford, a sick child who needs medical care that pulls resources from the household, or the inability to pay for the certification needed to take a new (better paying) job. Too often needs like these entrap smart, hardworking people in a cycle of poverty – without a clear way out. In fact, Richmond is one of the lowest ranked cites in the nation for individual economic progress. The Giving Wall is the location where these needs, and the stories behind them, are posted and shared so that you can #giveprogress.
At The Giving Wall we believe that words matter, and talk should not be cheap. How we ‘label’ others or ourselves can hurt, or it can help. The Giving Wall seeks to not only help by shining a light on hard-to-find critical needs in our community, but also by changing the way we see one another, through words – through story. That’s why we consistently use two positively powerful labels to define our community on The Giving Wall.
Believer (noun) the person who believes that the kindness of others coupled with their own hard work will pull them out of poverty.
Supporter (noun) the person who provides progress to members of our community through their contribution of time and money on The Giving Wall.
It was the holidays and my car broke down. That meant I couldn’t get to work, and couldn’t earn money, because not only did I not have a working car, I wasn’t close to a bus stop. If it weren’t for the support of a kind person willing to cover the cost of the repair, I don’t know what bills would have fallen behind — but I know it wouldn’t have been good.
After being incarcerated for 10 years I was blessed with an opportunity for a second chance to change my life. I was given the tools and support to obtain a certification that did not look at my barrier, after 3 short months I landed employment, I'm now a certified CDL driver earning more money than I could have ever imagined. I'm so thankful I'm earning a wage to care for my family.
6 kids, no skills, no education, my life was a mess! I managed to allow the system to take care of me and my children, now they are all grown my assistance ended and I have to find a life, a career, a home, where do I start? At the OCWB, I was able to find a compassionate worker that took me by the and & developed me into a careered women in 9 months. At times I did not believe in myself, she pushed me. Now at the end of the 8th month I have a occupation I'm proud of, I have security, a career advisor, a friend, a certification, and employment. I am truly blessed.
After completing for my final semester and earning my BA, I was not allowed to get my transcript, nor my diploma because I had a balance for books I thought I paid. I was devastated. I was supposed to start a job once I was able to provide them with my diploma – needless to say I did not get that job. But after months of running around mad and discouraged someone helped me pay that balance, and I received my diploma and secure future employment.
The Giving Wall was designed for both speed and impact. Support a hardworking member of our community living in poverty (a 'believer') in three powerful steps.
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