Alliance Summit for Alleviating Poverty (ASAP)

March 10, 2011

The Alliance Summit for Alleviating Poverty (ASAP) will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Union Avenue United Methodist Church, 1843 S. Union Avenue, on Saturday, April 9. This one-day, free educational event aims to raise awareness of poverty in Alliance and discuss poverty alleviation efforts and ideas.
 
According to the 2010 Census release, 48 percent of Alliance’s youth currently live at or below the poverty level, which is a 262 percent increase since the 2008 rate of 18 percent. The Ohio Department of Education reported that as of October 2010, 76 percent of students in Alliance City Schools received free or reduced school lunches.
 
“There seems to be a large number of our residents who do not totally understand the magnitude or the dramatic impact that poverty has on the region,” said Toni Middleton, mayor of Alliance. “It’s beneficial and eye opening anytime people can come together in such a dedicated focus group to discuss poverty as it applies in our local community. The occasion will certainly raise awareness and also provide hope that effective measures can be found to reduce or even alleviate chronic poverty. I’d like to thank those involved in ASAP who have chosen to do more than just talk about the issue of poverty, but are honestly seeking resolutions that will improve or may over time alleviate this issue.”
 
ASAP will include a poverty overview, expert panel and alleviation panel as well as breakout sessions focusing on topics such as housing and homelessness, education and children, jobs and economic development, mental health and addiction and physical health and nutrition. The poverty expert panel will include individuals who are currently living in poverty or have experienced poverty at one point in their lives. Panelists will share their personal stories and insights regarding poverty.
 
Various individuals from the Alliance community will be speaking at ASAP including Dr. Tamara Daily, chair of the Department of Psychology and psychology professor at Mount Union, Sharon Andreani, registered nurse and Tom Pukys, president of the Alliance Area Development Foundation, among others.
 
ASAP is being supported by the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service, the City of Alliance, local businesses, churches, civic organizations and nonprofit organizations.
 
ASAP is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit www.mountunion.edu/Alliance-Summit-for-Alleviating-Poverty or call Chris Pontius at (330) 823-3296.
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