Commend Funding to Combat Intergenerational Poverty


Target: Neil Parekh, Spokesman for the United Way of Snohomish County

Goal: Applaud grants for agencies that work to reduce intergenerational poverty

The United Way of Snohomish County has announced that it will be releasing $330,000 in grant funding for local agencies to reduce poverty. These “capacity building” grants will specifically address the issue of intergenerational poverty and will pay to train staff and volunteers on how to better serve people trapped in the cycle of poverty. Please applaud the United Way’s efforts to better equip local agencies and organizations to communicate and foster those in poverty.

The United Way of Snohomish County will be hosting a breakfast honoring top volunteers with keynote speaker, Donna Beegle. Beegle broke the cycle of poverty that ran through her own family and is now president of company Communication Across Barriers, which offers consulting and training services to combat poverty. Beegle will be leading a workshop for the United Way entitled “Poverty 101”, which will work to instill skills like improved communication, meaningful mentoring, and information and understanding on why it is so hard to break out of poverty’s hold.

Intergenerational poverty is a prevalent issue that is plaguing this country, exemplified by the Equality of Opportunity Project, who has unveiled momentous research indicating just how widespread the problem is throughout this nation’s metropolitan cities. Please show your support of the United Way’s efforts to provide funding to organizations that work to reduce intergenerational poverty and improve upward mobility.


Dear Spokesman Neil Parekh for the United Way of Snohomish County,

I commend the United Way of Snohomish County’s latest initiative to provide funding for groups that work to diminish intergenerational poverty. While these grants will not be directly servicing the poor, it will be better equipping organizations to communicate and make meaningful relationships with people in poverty. Please continue your organization’s work on behalf of those yet to break the cycle of poverty.

Donna Beegle, who will be the keynote speaker at the United Way of Snohomish County’s breakfast, is using her real-life experience growing up and living through intergenerational poverty to help others better communicate with people going through the same thing. Her company, Communication Across Barriers is a prime example of the kind of organizations that the United Way’s capacity building grants will go to. The United Way workshop “Poverty 101”, which will be taught by Beegle, will hopefully achieve its goal of providing training to the social workers and volunteers of Snohomish County.

Hopefully the $330,000 will be used by local agencies to achieve success in their missions to support and garner meaningful relationships with those struggling to break through the cycle of poverty. Please continue your efforts to provide channels of upward mobility for those who are struggling.


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