Community Wise

Amy Gillman

If we want pre-K for all, we need to build pre-K for all

By Amy Gillman
National Program Director

Political leaders are pledging to make pre-K accessible to all families and nearly three in four Americans support major investment in early childhood learning — we are a long way, though, from acting on what we say we value. More[+]

Eastern North Philadelphia food buying club

LISC AmeriCorps member Bridget Palombo (left), and Food Buying Club volunteers - Philadelphia, PA

Welcome to the food buying club

In the Eastern North neighborhood of Philly, residents and community activists found a simple but powerful way to slash grocery bills and consume more fruits and vegetables at the same time. Together they formed a food buying club to purchase produce in bulk. The club, and the LISC AmeriCorps member who helped get it off the ground, have even won props from Washington. More[+]...

LISC celebrates 25 years in RI with one Gov, two Sens and $25 million investment

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, LISC and local activists celebrate a healthy future for Brockton

A silver anniversary calls for a blow-out, and RI LISC delivered this week, packing the state house with political leaders and announcing a pledge of $25 million in investments over the next year. Gov. Gina Raimondo said the funding will “supercharge” the state’s economic comeback and Sen. Jack Reed called the funding, which will go toward affordable housing, education and economic development projects, an “extraordinary contribution.” More[+]...

LISC on Lifetime TV: "It's never too late to take control of your finances"

LISC on Lifetime TV

In a segment devoted to empowering women to take the reins of their financial lives, Lifetime TV's Balancing Act highlighted our own program director Seung Kim, our partner, MetLife Foundation, and the work of a LISC-backed Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) in Chicago. Kim encouraged viewers to write out their money goals and avail themselves of financial coaches for budgeting and credit-building help. More[+]...