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Poverty Resource List

(As mentioned in Christopher News Note #444: The Many Faces of Poverty)


Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance
4200 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 800
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 276-0100
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance can help donors make informed giving decisions through their online charity evaluations, various “tips” publications, and a publication titled, Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide.

InterAction, American Council for Voluntary International Action
1717 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Ste. 701
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 667-8227
InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations. Members ascribe to Private Voluntary Organization Standards, established to help assure accountability in financial management, fundraising, governance, and program performance.


Start in your own neighborhood. Check local churches, community or other non-profit organizations, such as shelters, soup kitchens, etc. Many agencies can use your support. Or, if you see a need that is not being met — take action.

Below are just a few organizations to consider for donations or for volunteer activities. Contact information and a brief description are provided to help you begin your research. Call, write or visit an organization’s Web site to learn more about the type of work they do.

America’s Second Harvest
35 E. Wacker Dr., #2000
Chicago, Il 60601
(800) 771-2303 or (312) 263-2303
The nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, America’s Second Harvest distributes food to twenty-six million hungry Americans each year.

Bread for the World
50 F Street NW, Ste. 500
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 639-9400
Organization is a nationwide Christian citizens movement seeking justice for the world’s hungry people by lobbying government and other decision makers.

151 Ellis Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 681-2552
Care, founded in 1945 is one of the world’s largest private international humanitarian organizations, committed to helping families in poor countries.

Catholic Charities USA
1731 King Street, Ste.200
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1390
National organization supports local agencies in relieving social injustices. Affiliated member agencies provide emergency and social services within communities.

Catholic Network of Volunteer Service
1410 Q Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009-3808
Established in 1963, CNVS acts as a bridge between people thinking about volunteering and over 230 member programs in the U.S. and around the world.

Catholic Relief Services
209 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-3443
(410) 625-2220
This is the official relief and development agency of the Catholic Bishops of the United States; works to remove the causes of poverty, to promote social justice and provide emergency services.

Christian Appalachian Project
322 Crab Orchard St.
Lancaster, KY 40446-0001
(859) 795-3051
Provides a variety of services in the Appalachia area of the United States, from literacy and other educational programs to aid for the elderly, disabled, respite services, summer camps, etc.

Church World Service
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515
(800) 297-1516
National and international ministry of the National Council of Churches (36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations) assists communities in responding to disasters, re-settling refugees and addressing the causes of poverty.

Doctors Without Borders
6 E. 39th St., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 679-6800
Founded in 1971 by a group of French doctors, they deliver emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who lack health care due to social or geographical isolation.

Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat St.
Americus GA 31709
(229) 924-6935
A non-profit, international and nondenominational Christian housing organization, volunteers come together to build houses across the United States and around the world.

267 Fifth Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 537-0500
The Net Aid World Schoolhouse is a worldwide community of individuals, community groups, and corporations working together to ensure that children everywhere get the opportunity to learn.

Oxfam America
26 West Street
Boston, MA 02111
(800) 776-932-6872
Oxfam America is an international development organization dedicated to creating lasting solutions to hunger, poverty and social injustice. Provides financial, technical and networking assistance to grassroots groups.

Save The Children
Donor Services
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880
(800) 728-3843 
Founded in 1932, Save the Children works with families to define and solve the problems their children and communities face, utilizing a broad array of strategies to ensure self-sufficiency.

Volunteers of America
1660 Duke Office
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 341-5000
Spiritually based national organization providing local human service programs helps youths at risk, frail elderly, abused and neglected children, people with disabilities, homeless individuals, etc.

World Vision
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063-9716
(253) 815-1000
Founded in 1950, World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization, serving the world's poorest children and families in nearly 100 countries.

General Information

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
3211 4th Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20017-1194
(202) 541-3000
The mission of this organization is to address the root causes of poverty in the United States through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through education.

United States Department of Health and Human Services
This site provides the threshold, development and history of the United States Poverty line. There is also additional information on Mollie Orshansky’s developing the poverty guidelines during the 1960's. The U.S. Census Bureau Web site is also accessible from this site.

Institute for Research On Poverty
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1180 Observatory Drive
3412 Social Science Building
Madison WI 53706-1393
(608) 262-6358
This informative site is a national, university-based center for research on the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. It is non-profit and nonpartisan.

Joint Center for Poverty Research
Northwestern University, Institute for Poverty Research
2046 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208
(547) 491-4145

University of Chicago, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies
1155 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-0472
This site offers information on national and international disciplinary academic research that seeks to advance our understanding of what it means to be poor in America.

The United Nations
This site provides a sharp focus and a strong commitment to overcoming human poverty by utilizing new global strategies and resources.

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