Category Archives: Circles in Action

AARP Well-Being Champion, Scott Miller

End PovertyI am honored to be named by the AARP Public Policy Institute, along with 9 other community leaders (all of whom are 50+), as an AARP Well-Being Champion. AARP is showcasing the impact Circles USA  has had in building a “Culture of Health” in America’s communities. Today, 10/25/18, AARP launched the Website and social media (Twitter & Facebook) campaigns promoting the Circles model which fosters well-being and economic stability. To learn more, read the AARP booklet outlining the programs and work of the 10 champions of change in 2018. 

 

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Philanthropy Magazine Article

John M. Templeton Jr.

The Roundtable is the leading voice in philanthropy for objectivity, integrity, open-mindedness, and stewardship with a commitment to measurable results.

– John M. Templeton Jr., Chairman and President, John Templeton Foundation

Circles USA has been featured in the most recent edition of Philanthropy Magazine, published by Philanthropy Roundtable.

This article comes as Circles USA begins our 2017 expansion and shares the heart warming story of Danika. When Danika was 21 years old, she nearly became a homeless single mother. After dropping out of college she was working at McDonald’s and couch-surfing. Eventually, she humbly returned with her infant to her mother’s home in Asheville, North Carolina. Danika’s efforts to improve her job-readiness skills led her to the local Circles program, which gave her the help and motivation to become self-sufficient.

Philanthropy Magazine Article on Poverty

 

Circles USA Featured on CNN

 

Eradicating Poverty, One Family at a Time

From CNN: The Circles USA® Campaign is a transformational approach that partners volunteers and community leaders with families wanting to make the journey out of poverty. Operating in communities around the country, each Circles USA® initiative consists of families working to get out of poverty and several middle and upper income Allies who befriend them and lend support. The family is the Circle Leader, setting direction for activities. With the help and friendship of their allies, each family sets and achieves goals unique to their own needs.

Rather than targeting a surface need of at-risk communities such as housing or food provision, Circles® seeks to expand social capital by fostering relationships across racial and economic lines. It engages the community as a whole and encourages growth from people of all financial classes. Circles® is designed to assist families in creating their own personal paths out of poverty while at the same time expanding opportunities, connections and eliminating barriers in the community that make it difficult for families to thrive. History of Circles Campaign

Circles USA launched the Circles® Campaign in January of 2007 after having evolved for ten years from its roots as a discussion group between welfare recipients and social workers to its current form. Early results demonstrate that for every $1 spent on the program, $2 in welfare and food stamp subsidies was returned to the state, and $4 to the community as new earned income. Who We Are

The Circles® National Campaign currently has 62 member communities across 23 states and growing. Scott Miller from Albuquerque, NM is the founder of Circles® . The mission of the Circles® Campaign is to empower people from every economic class to solve poverty in their communities through individual transformation and community change.

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Circles USA Campaign to End Poverty

 

From CBS News: The Circles USA® Campaign is a transformational approach that partners volunteers and community leaders with families wanting to make the journey out of poverty. Operating in communities around the country, each Circles® initiative consists of families working to get out of poverty and several middle and upper income Allies who befriend them and lend support. The family is the Circle Leader, setting direction for activities.

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Circles Inquiry

Thank you for your interest in exploring Circles as a solution to poverty in your community! Once you submit the form below a member of our team will respond to you about next steps.

 

What Others Are Saying

“Our Feasibility Study Group spoke to Circles USA personnel, leaders of Circles affiliates throughout the country, and representatives of other kinds of self-sufficiency and community-building programs. The decision to choose the Circles model came down to this: Circles is an established program with a proven track record of success and provides both a program framework/model and flexibility for customizing the program to our community.” Sarah Thornburg Executive Director, Friends In Deed

What Happens Next?

Circles USA will engage with your community as you work through these four stage of development:

  • ASSESSMENT – Asking questions: “Is Circles right for our community? Do we have the leadership and resources to start a Circles program in our community?”
  • CIRCLES IN THE MAKING – Getting started: If your community is ready and willing to start Circles, you will enter into a planning agreement with Circles USA (CUSA) to lay the foundation.
  • CIRCLES DEMONSTRATION – Taking action: You are now implementing Circles to support families out of poverty, collecting data, and assessing outcomes. You are asking, “How is it working in our community? Do we like the results we are getting? Have we been able to secure resources to sustain and grow the Circles program?”

SCALING TO A TIPPING POINT – Moving forward: You are happy with the results and can see the potential of growing Circles in your community to end poverty.

Thank You for Your Request

 

Next Hands On Training is June 15-17 (Rogers, AR)

The next Hands On Training is June 15-17, 2016 in Rogers, AR. 

When you follow the registration link you will receive all the details including hotel accommodations. You can make reservations by calling the hotel or making a reservation online. 

RegisterHere

We will host the training at the hotel and begin at 8:30 am on June 15th and conclude June 17th at 2pm.

If you will be flying in to Northwest Arkansas for this training, the airport code is XNA.

The Holiday Inn and Suites does not offer shuttle service from the airport to the hotel, but we have listed a few transportation options on the registration form. 

If you have any questions regarding Hands on Training registration, please contact Gena@circlesusa.org

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