According to the United States (U.S.) Census Bureau, in 2014 there were 46.7 million people - 14 percent of the U.S. population - living in poverty. Within this 14 percent, approximately one and a half million households - including three million children - live in what can be considered extreme poverty, existing on just two dollars per person, per day and without substantial government assistance. These individuals resort selling plasma, selling their food stamps and sometimes, even selling sex, to secure the necessary cash to make ends meet. What does it mean to live virtually cashless in one of the world's most capitalistic nations?
Join us for the next installment in our Resilient Families series, a conversation with Kathryn J. Edin, Ph.D., Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University and author of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, on the plight of Americans living in extreme poverty.
Tickets: $20 members/$35 nonmembers
In 1984, Joanna Connors was thirty years old and a reporter for The Plain Dealer when she was raped at knifepoint by a stranger. Twenty years later, she went in search of the story of her own rapist, determined to find out who he was, where he came from, what his life was like – and what leads a person to do something as destructive as what he did to her. The journey is chronicled in her new book, I Will Find You.
Join us for an intimate conversation with Ms. Connors and Sondra Miller, CEO and President of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, at the Cleveland launch of the book. Sales of I Will Find You will benefit the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.
Free, but registration is required.
Photo Credit: Allison
Carey / The Plain Dealer
In June, Cleveland will host the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, a biennial multi-sport festival featuring 3,000 athletes competing in 20 events. It provides the perfect backdrop to discuss organ, eye, and tissue donation.
More than 123,000 Americans are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant with more than 3,300 waiting at one of Ohio's 10 transplant centers. While 56 percent of Ohio driver's license holders are registered organ and tissue donors, it's still not enough to meet the demand. Every 48 hours an Ohioan dies waiting for an organ transplant.
Cleveland was chosen to host the Transplant Games of America partially due to the strength of our healthcare systems and local transplant programs. Join us for a conversation with local leaders on the about the state of transplantation and what you can do to help.
Rev. Dr. David A. Cobb, Jr., Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
Jillian Frazier, Director of Development & Community...
Our region’s core city is making important investments that are expected to have
significant returns for all citizens. This goes far beyond visible improvements
such as Public Square, though public space improvements have been shown to
vastly improve quality of life for cities. Cleveland Foundation and the City
Club are preparing to lead a week of dialogue this summer at the Chautauqua
Institution on The Future of Cities. As part of this, we invite you to join us
for a special conversation in which we seek answers to this question: What do
we want the future of Cleveland to be?
Evelyn Burnett, Vice President, Economic
Opportunity, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
Mark Joseph, Associate Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University; Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities; and Faculty Associate, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development
India Pierce Lee, Program Director for
The way people are aging is changing dramatically. Yet much of society is still stuck in outdated stereotypes and misperceptions about what it means to grow older.
Jo Ann Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer of AARP and author of Disrupt Aging, believes we need to challenge these outdated beliefs and spark new solutions so more people can choose how they want to live and age. She will discuss how we can disrupt aging to create a bold new path to living our best life at every age. Focusing on three core areas—health, wealth, and self—Ms. Jenkins shows us how to embrace opportunities so aging can be something to look forward to—not something to fear. Contrary to what the ads on TV and in magazines tell us—that “50 is the new 30!” or “60 is the new 40!”— Ms. Jenkins says 50 is 50 and she, for one, likes the look of it.
Tickets: $20 members/$35 nonmembers