Children in Poverty
How would you describe a situation in which one in four children live in poverty, 60 percent need a free or reduced price school lunch and a third read below grade level?
Looking at this reality last year, the United Way of Greater Greenboro came up with a striking name: “Greensboro’s poverty crisis.”
In an effort to better understand and address this crisis, Westminster’s Outreach ministry is focusing on children in poverty in 2016-2017. This new initiative is enhancing our current outreach efforts and opening new opportunities for those who want to engage in service, whether locally, nationally or around the world. The initiative has already sparked three new programs: delivering weekend backpacks of food to needy children at Sternberger Elementary school; serving as a “reading buddy” for ESL students at Morehead Elementary: and participating as a “Success 101” mentor at Grimsley High School.
We continue to learn more about the children in poverty topic through WELL classes at church on Wednesday nights and through meetings in the community that help us discern new opportunities. Come be a part of this initiative that is making a difference to the most vulnerable among us!