Friday, October 7, 2022


Following a settlement with tribes, SD phases In voting-access reforms; older voters: formidable factor in Maine gubernatorial race; walking: a simple way to boost heart health.


Biden makes a major move on marijuana laws; the U.S. and its allies begin exercises amid North Korean threats; and Generation Z says it's paying close attention to the 2022 midterms.


Rural residents are more vulnerable to a winter wave of COVID-19, branding could be key for rural communities attracting newcomers, and the Lummi Nation's totem pole made it from Washington state to D.C.

VA Students Attend Summer Camp on Fighting Poverty


Monday, May 18, 2009   

Richmond - Instead of scooping ice cream or lounging by the pool, Virginia college student Kelsey Miller will spend her summer vacation fighting poverty. Miller joins 40 students sent out to towns all across the state to knock on doors and make one-on-one connections with residents, with the goal of encouraging community involvement.

Miller says there's no better time for her to volunteer.

"This is the point of my life where I can do this; I have no attachments, I have nothing to hold me back, and so I feel like I just need to go head-first into things like this. "

In addition to conversations, Miller and the other volunteers will register voters, but Miller says what she's most looking forward to is talking with other Virginians.

"To me, community organizing is about building relationships; people aren't used to having someone ask them what they need."

Miller will be spending her summer in Abington, in southwestern Virginia.

She says she's been surprised to learn that many of the issues surrounding poverty are deeply-rooted in community standards and in government policies.

In the fall, Miller will be a sophomore at the University of Virginia and plans on becoming an English teacher. Her volunteer program is run by the non-partisan Virginia Organizing Project.

For more information go to

get more stories like this via email

Nearly one third of people surveyed in June said they felt "very uncomfortable" with the level of their emergency savings. (wutzkoh/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Between rising inflation and the ups and downs of the stock market, it isn't surprising that folks are concerned about their own financial situation…

Social Issues

The U.S. Postal Service is hiring 28,000 seasonal employees ahead of the surge in end-of-year holiday letters and packages for facilities in Michigan …

Social Issues

The roughly 2.4 million Ohioans who rely on Social Security income are expected to get a big boost in benefits, but advocates for the program are …


Ahead of revised methane regulations expected from the federal government, a new study shows that gas flaring in oil-producing states such as Texas …

According to a 2021 study by the American Heart Association, people who take at least 7,000 steps a day have a 50% to 70% lower risk of dying than those who take fewer daily steps. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

Even for Virginians who think they're too busy to exercise, experts say there's one surefire way to squeeze in a modest workout: walking. Although …

Social Issues

Groups challenging the criminal consequences for failing to pay rent in Arkansas say they'll take another run at it, perhaps as a class-action …

Social Issues

Wisconsin is one of 33 states allowing Social Security benefits to be extended to teachers. As the future of the program is debated, a retired …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021