Community Wise

Kathy Merchant

The sum of many efforts

By Kathy Merchant
President/CEO, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Transformation of Covington's neighborhoods is advancing at a rapid pace! Just 15 years ago, only a few community organizations toiled in the trenches to slow neighborhood decline – even as the riverfront was being successfully developed in Covington and Newport. Last month we took some GCF donors to see Covington's revitalization, starting at the Center for Great Neighborhoods where community developers... More[+]


Celeb chef stirs excitement at healthy food hub

Until recently, West Harlem was a NYC community with few healthy food options for low-income residents. But that changed this month with the opening of the West Harlem Community Healthy Food Hub. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson was on hand for a cooking demonstration alongside funder Laurie M. Tisch. West Harlem Group Assistance, a longtime LISC NYC partner, manages the site that provides a range of services including a client choice pantry, food stamp enrollment, nutritional counseling, and cooking classes. It’s all part of LISC’s place-based initiative funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund to address issues of diet-related diseases, poverty, and unemployment. More[+]...

Bridging the skills gap is key to employment

Tawnee McCluskey

Many of the millions of Americans who are still out of work also lack the basic reading, writing and math skills needed to find a job. To bridge that gap, LISC is bringing new training programs to its Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) across the country. A story from Issue Media Group explains how Tawnee McCluskey of Chicago got help to become a welding supervisor so she can now support her family. More[+]...

Improving economy leaves too many behind

Indy FOC

The stock market is up. Unemployment is below 6 percent. Businesses are growing. But it's clear that not everyone is enjoying the economic recovery, says LISC's Kevin Jordan. Manufacturing jobs have not returned in force since the recession ended, and that has cut off a clear path to the middle class, with no easy alternative in sight. Low-income communities are hit particularly hard by the shift, and it will take a combination of smart economic development and an honest assessment of the national skills gap to address it. More[+]...