April 26, 2007
The Charlottesville Leadership Class of 2006 is using new technology to expose an age-old problem in our community: poverty.
One in four people in our area is living below the poverty line.
The project "Voices of Poverty" is aiming to give a voice to that figure by launching a podcast, which features interviews with people struggling economically, or helping those struggling economically.
Over the next four weeks, a new interview will be posted every few days to the site. Listeners will hear from mothers living in transitional housing, immigrants working several jobs, pregnant teens, people who never imagined they would, one day, be homeless.
"It could pretty much affect any one of us," said Joe Hughes of the Charlottesville Leadership Class. "Through our interviews in our project, we have discovered that any number of people who are not defined as people, at or below the poverty line, are just a paycheck away or a circumstance away from homelessness."
At the end of the month-long debut, organizers hope to have inspired listeners to take action, to use their energy, talents, or resources to help those in the community struggling to stay afloat.
The Charlottesville Leadership group partnered with the United Way for this project.