ROAD TO OPPORTUNITY:  FINDING THE WAY FORWARD
July 16, 2018
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Now more than ever, it is imperative that we raise awareness about poverty and opportunity and fight for those we serve.  We cannot remain silent.  We must work together on programs and policies that work, on an economy that works for everyone.   At MASSCAP, we know it is incumbent upon us to reignite the conversation around poverty and how to address it.  

To the end, we worked with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and commissioned the new report released in May titled " Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward" W e are sponsoring a series of forums across the state to take a deep look at its findings, foster continued dialogue and find solutions.  In addition, we will use this series of focused newsletters to inform, encourage and provoke action.

Please join us in raising awareness and finding the way forward together.
DID YOU KNOW: MA Facts
  • 10% Poverty Rate and 14% Child Poverty Rate in MA according to the Federal Poverty Line
  • If you include those that are "near poor" (up to twice the Federal Poverty Rate): 22% "Near Poor" and 27% Children "Near Poor" in MA
  • Wages for low wage workers have barely grown over last 20 years while incomes for the top 1% have more than tripled 
For more information and to access the data, read our report "Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward" published in May 2018.
POLICY MATTERS: Minimum Wage Increase
money-icon.gif The MA legislature has passed and the Governor signed the bill to increase the minimum wage from $11 to $15 over the next five years.  The bill also includes provisions to establish a paid family and medical leave program.  This can make a huge difference for minimum wage workers over time.   Click here for more information on minimum wage and scheduled increase.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Financial Literacy Programs
Modest savings can buffer families from insecurity and crisis in times of emergency.  Helping people save starts with banking.  Bank On Worcester County, a new program adapted from a successful national model, launched at the end of June with the goal of getting the unbanked and underbanked in Worcester into the system and saving.  The program is the result of a collaboration of banks, credit unions and community organizations including lead nonprofit, Worcester Community Action Council.
CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION 
Together with Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC), we will hold our next forum focused on the findings of the report, Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forwardon October 5 at 7:30 a.m. at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.   Click here for more information and to register.
COMMUNITY ACTION IN MA

Our Mission
To strengthen and connect the statewide network of Community Action Agencies and collectively advocate for an end to poverty.

Our Vision
All MA residents will be able to meet their basic needs, access economic opportunities, build strong communities and move toward prosperity...

Find your Agency
There are 23 Community Action Agencies in Massachusetts serving virtually every city and town in the state.   To locate the agency in your area and learn more about the programs they offer,  click here .