DIRECT ACTION WELFARE GROUP INC Overview
Target demographics: Low income families throughout the state of West Virginia. Through our Teen DAWG program we focus on "at risk" youth throughout the state with a concentration on youth residing in public housing communities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Our training programs directly impact over 200 individuals per year, our organizing efforts directly impact over 600 people throughout the state. Our Teen DAWG program directlyimpacts over 100 youth.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: •help with distributing information to low income families about public assistance programs
•help set up for a training or public forum
•assist someone with applying for college scholarships, writing a resume, or learning how to use email.
•help enter information in our database
•help with office repairs and cleaning
•answer phones and help out with clerical work
•share my knowledge and expertise with low income individuals
•help with DAWG’s monthly pot luck or conciseness raising movie night
•help sort clothes or set up for a clothing giveaway
•help solicit donations
Geographic areas served: The entire state of West Virginia.
Programs: What We Do
Whatever is necessary to ensure that people in poverty are heard and listened to on issues that affect our lives
• Empower current and former welfare recipients, low wage workers, and people living in poverty by providing them with the knowledge and the tools to change their lives.
• Educate current and former welfare recipients, low wage workers, and persons living in poverty on their rights and how to advocate on behalf of themselves and others concerning their rights.
• Organize people in poverty including youth to provide a voice to be heard on the local, state, and national level.
• Provide training, support, and advocacy to empower people in poverty to be heard on the national, regional, and state levels to ensure that they have a voice in the policies that affect them.
• Organize people in poverty to become leaders in their community.
•Provide a space where youth in poverty can organize around issues they are concerned with – our Teen DAWG program
Direct Action Welfare Group’s vision is the end of poverty in West Virginia. In order to make this vision a reality, we advocate with low-income families for economic justice.
Direct Action Welfare Group believes….
•Poor people of West Virginia can stand together as an organized community to fight against discrimination and the suffering of poverty.
•No matter how poor you are you have a voice and rights as a human being.
•Every individual should be treated fairly regardless of race, creed, nationality, income, sexual orientation, religion, gender, age, or educational level.
•Access to services and assistance is a right and not a benefit
•Everyone has the right to a good education including post-secondary education, medical, dental, and vision care, a job at a living wage, affordable childcare, decent housing and adequate food and clothing.
•Every mother should have the option to choose to stay home and care for her children or work.
In 2009 DAWG hosted a Leadership School, with the Poverty Initiative of Union Theological Seminary, which brought poverty leaders together from all over the world to discuss issues and to share knowledge.