2007 Annual Report
2007 Program Highlights
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Poverty Initiative’s Appalachian Immersion Trip
In January, DAWG hosted a day of education for students participating in Union Theological Seminary’s Appalachian Immersion Trip. Speakers included members of DAWG, the Bishop of the Wheeling Charleston Diocese, the Executive Director of WV Council of Churches, and the Executive Director of WV’s Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
State of the State for People with Disabilities
In March, citizens with disabilities held a press conference and rally to discuss the State of the State for People with Disabilities. A report card was delivered to the governor concerning his progress on disability issues. DAWG members attended the press conference and rally to show our support and to bring attention to changes in Medicaid specifically the Mountain Health Choices program.
Poverty Truth Commissions
In April, Union Theological Seminary’s Poverty Initiative held a Poverty Truth Commission. Individuals were invited to testify on violations of their economic human rights that occur as a direct result of living in poverty in the United States.
Commissioners from many backgrounds, including the academic, political, and religious realms, bore witness to these stories of injustice. Testifiers included members of organizations in Baltimore, Detroit, Ithaca, Philadelphia, New Orleans, New York City, West Virginia, and more. Another Truth Commission was held in the fall which DAWG members also attended.
DAWG participated in one of PTP’s Power On programs, Tech Camp, which was held on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul MN in June. Participants included 33 individuals representing 30 organizations from 16 different states.
Progressive Technology Project (PTP) employs technology capacity building to help community led organizing achieve power.
Family Leadership Conference
DAWG co-sponsored the annual Family Leadership Conference at Canaan Valley Resort. Over 150 low income families from throughout West Virginia attended the weekend of training. Food, lodging, and transportation costs are covered for families who are chosen to attend through an application process. The entire family is invited and onsite childcare is provided during workshops. This is DAWG’s fourth year being a co-sponsor of this event.
DAWG, through our Teen DAWG program, brings teens together from all over the state for meetings to plan and facilitate the Teen Track at the Family Leadership Conference. The teens choose the workshops topics and present the workshops for other teens and their parents. Teen DAWG has spearheaded this since the inception of the Teen Track in 2006.
DAWG has partnered with Family Leadership First to present workshops all over the state as part of their Family Links Trainings. DAWG presented our Quick Reference Guide to Public Assistance in WV training as part of the Family Links trainings. Through this partnership we trained 72 individuals in 2007.
DAWG Attends First US Social Forum
In 2007, with special support from American Friends Service Committee and the Appalachian Action Coalition, DAWG was able to send one member and one Teen DAWG member to participate in the weeklong Us Social Forum in Atlanta, Ga. This was a historic event and we are very happy to have been part of it.
Additional Program Highlights
« DAWG distributed information about applying for school clothing vouchers and other benefits to 1,000 low income families.
« DAWG distributed information about the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and free tax preparation to 1,500 low income individuals.
« DAWG develop and presented a training manual – Action Plan for Community Organizing – to 50 individuals including 20 teens.
« DAWG developed a manual for starting a resident’s council for residents of low income housing communities.
« DAWG worked with a low income housing community in Wyoming County to improve their living conditions.
« DAWG provided funding for low income individuals to participate in Children’s Day at the Legislature, Family Leadership Conference, Truth Commissions in New York, regional and local meetings, and to attend trainings.
DAWG distributed newsletters to over 1,000 low income families quarterly.