Real Change

by on December 29, 2012

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While the Holiday Season is a time that many of us offer help to the less fortunate, it’s usually in the form of gifts or donations. This kind of help is great, but it’s typically temporary. Homelessness and poverty are both societal and individual problems, so bringing about real change is going to take a lot more than a few weeks of giving. Real Change is a Seattle, WA based non-profit that “exists to provide opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic justice.” By focusing on helping the individuals while at the same time pushing for societal change, Real Change is able to make a meaningful difference.

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Real Change is a few things. It’s a newspaper. It’s an employment opportunity. And it’s a voice. The newspaper is “the only ‘street newspaper’ in Washington State and the only newspaper that consistently focuses on poverty, homelessness, and social justice.” The paper is sold by a team of 350-400 homeless and low-income people (much like Street Sense or Street Wise) who combined to generate $1 million in income last year. Beyond just selling the papers, the vendors also put a face to the stories in the papers. By helping individuals earn money, they’re able to extend “dignity and self-determination into the lives of those who often have few other legitimate income-earning opportunities.” It’s a great model, and if you want to be part of it you should take a look at Real Change’s Internships page. They offer positions in Editorial, Vendor Services, Development and Fundraising, Writing, and Photography. All are unpaid.

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