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Empowering Schools Through Partnership

Given the challenges facing our schools, many congregations see an opportunity to help through forming partnerships. It certainly makes sense. In any neighborhood, but especially in small towns or economically challenged urban settings, schools are often a mainstay of community health. In poor neighborhoods, a thriving school can form a haven for families that are […]

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Payday Lending: How Congregations Can Help Victims

What can be done about payday lending? Answer: Your congregation can partner with a local credit union to offer small dollar loans to people who owe predatory lenders money. The Problem: With more than 20,000 payday loan shops in the United States, according to the Center for Responsible Lending, the predatory lenders are almost as […]

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Payday Lending: Five Actions You Can Take

Millions of Americans without access to traditional financial services rely on check cashers, pawnshops and storefront payday lenders to make ends meet. Payday lenders line the streets of many of our most economically challenged neighborhoods, with names like Easy Money, Always Money and Cash Express. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, 12 million Americans use […]

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Beyond Donating: Four Ways to Serve the Poor

To broaden and diversify your community service, think in terms of Donating + _______. When it comes to fighting poverty, donating cash or goods is by far the most popular activity.  A nationwide Hartford Seminary survey reported that the Big Three activities claimed by congregations each involved direct assistance:  Cash (reported by 88%) Food (85%) […]

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