WHAT IS THIS?

Empower Lynchburg is a simple, easy to use web platform that connects citizens with opportunities to take action toward the City’s goal of reducing poverty. Using this website, citizens can complete action tasks. Every task is recorded and measured, leading back to a goal for reducing poverty in Lynchburg.

A series of questions guide you to the focus area that you are most interested in. You will then see a list of tasks that need to be completed in that area. For example, if you are most interested in food security, you may choose to complete the task, "Deliver 25 canned items to the Daily Bread." If you are most interested in workforce development, you may choose to complete the task, "mentor a job seeker for one hour."

WHY NOW?

Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, Lynchburg's poverty rate is 24%. In 2018, a one-person household with income less than $12,060 is living in poverty.  

Lynchburg City Council has identified the reduction of poverty as a priority. As a result, they endorsed a model and created a goal for the City to help facilitate moving 50 households a year out of poverty and into economic self-sufficiency. City Council has invited the Lynchburg community to join an army of caring individuals to help lift our neighbors from poverty to progress.  

To date, more than 500 members of the Lynchburg community have joined together to contribute their time, talents, and resources toward lifting Lynchburg families out of poverty. The following Poverty to Progress subcommittees have been awarded funding to develop and implement anti-poverty projects: education, child care, transportation, Poverty 101, legal systems, food disparity and pre-kindergarten education.

While important work is underway, Lynchburg is missing a central hub for community members to find opportunities to participate in Poverty to Progress by completing specific tasks. Empower Lynchburg fills this void by acting as a central hub to organize and mobilize individuals who are ready to lend a helping hand.