Poverty is more than material.
In 2000, the World Bank asked the question "what is poverty?" to over 60,000 individuals living in poverty. Their descriptions of their own experiences surprisingly differ from how most middle-class individuals would define poverty. Rather than the assumed lack of material resources, the poor tend to describe their condition in far more psychological and social terms such as shame, isolation, inferiority, powerlessness, humiliation, fear, hopelessness, depression, and voicelessness.
Each of our serve opportunities at The NET is all about building community with people in poverty, because we believe that people need people more than they need stuff. Since we're a little bit different from most non-profits, all that we ask is that our volunteers show up with the intention to engage in conversation and build relationships with those we serve.
- Misty Davis, Board Member