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Past Issues of NeighborWorks Works

The link between healthy places and community development
2/21/2017
The link between healthy places and community development
The places where we live, work, learn and play can have a significant impact on our health. According to the National Association of Community Health Centers, about 80 percent of a person’s health status can be attributed to nonmedical factors such as the physical environment and access to employment. In this issue we look at how some of our network organizations are integrating health into their work, which ranges from ridding homes of lead to sponsoring Zumba classes.
Showing love for communities this Valentine's Day
2/14/2017
Showing love for communities this Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is a time when many show love for family and friends by giving them gifts like cards, flowers and sweet treats. Our network organizations show love for their communities every day, but some also use Valentine's Day to make life sweeter for their residents. We hope the stories in this issue make you smile and want to do something nice for your loved ones and neighbors.
Black History Month: honoring community development work
2/7/2017
Black History Month: honoring community development work
In celebration of Black History Month, Americans recognize the rich accomplishments of African-Americans as part of our shared history. Many significant contributors are well known; others do or did their work in the shadows. One of the most important figures in NeighborWorks America's history is Dorothy Richardson, known by some as the "mother of community development."
Keeping youth in the game scores big for communities
1/31/2017
Keeping youth in the game scores big for communities
Many of us are gearing up for one of the biggest sports events of the year — Super Bowl Sunday. Sports are a big part of life for many American families, especially youngsters. Participation in sports and after-school activities has been linked to better academic, social and physical performance. Unfortunately, according to the Aspen Institute, some kids are getting benched due to family income.
Community development solutions to reducing poverty
1/24/2017
Community development solutions to reducing poverty
January is Poverty Awareness Month. According to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, 13.5 percent of Americans live in poverty, including one in every five children. For many families, an illness, death or loss of a job can result in a sudden plunge into poverty. Many members of the NeighborWorks network are implementing innovative initiatives to help alleviate poverty in their communities.
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