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May 15, 2015 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Friday roundup – May 11 through May 15, 2015

THIS WEEK AT WRAG
– WRAG’s president, Tamara Copeland, reflected on the information overload that many of us experience on any given day and shared how WRAG is working to become part of the solution. (Daily, 5/11)

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
Stagnant Wages, Scant Affordable Housing Keep People Homeless in D.C. Region, Report Says (WAMU, 5/13)

THIS WEEK IN POVERTY
– Loudoun County may have its share of wealthy residents, but for many families in the county, the summer months can mean children will face food insecurity while they are out of school. Food banks there are getting prepared for a rise in demand. (WaPo, 5/13)

Related: This week, WRAG hosted our first-ever Loudoun County Philanthropy Conference focusing on the unique needs of residents and discussing strategies to address them. If you are interested in seeing what panelists and participants had to say, you can check out the hashtag #FundLoudoun on Twitter.

– Opinion: More and more studies are coming out about the long-term effects of social programs that support low-income families. Growing research has shown evidence that children whose families received benefits have better outcomes as they enter their 20s and 30s than those whose families did not receive benefits. (NYT, 5/11)

– A study out of Harvard University that took place over several years found that commuting time was the “single strongest factor in the odds of escaping poverty” (NYT, 5/7)

THIS WEEK IN THE ENVIRONMENT 
The Washington Post explored whether or not D.C.’s 5-cent fee for plastic bags is actually working to make a difference in the environment. While they seemed skeptical, others say, “yes, it is working.” (WaPo, 5/9 and GGW, 5/15)


NEXT WEEK AT WRAG

Community Wealth Building Initiative Briefing & Call for MORE Action (Funders, nonprofits, local government, business, hospital, and university representatives, and others interested in learning more about this exciting initiative.)
Monday, May 18  9:30 AM – 12:00 PM


You can sell just about anything on Craigslist…but it should probably belong to you before you try to do that

– Ciara

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