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Circles of Transformation Seeks Community Volunteers

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jun 12 2014 5:47 PM

DOTHAN ALA. – Circles, a transformational approach that partners volunteers with families who are working to escape poverty, is seeking new volunteers to serve as Allies, to prepare meals and to assist with children of all ages. A community meeting will be held June 24th at 5:30 p.m. at Evergreen Presbyterian Church for interested prospective volunteers. 

Volunteers called “Allies” partner with families who desire to break out of the cycle of generational poverty -- “Circle Leaders.” These volunteers meet with Circle Leaders and other Allies during weekly community meetings.

Operating in 80 communities throughout the country, each Circles® initiative consists of families working to get out of poverty and two to three middle and upper income Allies who befriend them and lend support.

In 2013, a Circles initiative was begun in Dothan. Circles is now seeking additional volunteers to walk alongside new Circle Leaders,developing relationships and assisting the families as they develop a plan and skill sets for the future. 

The Circle Leaders set the direction for the activities and the goals they seek to achieve. With the help and friendship of the volunteer Allies, each family creates a plan 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. A permanent change, economic stability for these families, is the ultimate goal of Circles.

This initiative is community based and interdenominational. It is not a government initiative, but rather grows out of churches and civic organizations, harnessing the volunteer energy of individuals who desire to have an impact on those who live in poverty. No money is given to Circles families. But what they are given is hope, friendship, and a developing sense of self-worth.

Volunteers are needed to serve as Allies. Circles is also seeking volunteers to prepare meals, and to provide care and instruction to the children of the Circle Leaders during meetings. Supplies and financial support are needed as well. You can make a personal impact on families in poverty in the Dothan community through this outreach effort. 

If you would like to attend the meeting on June 24th or to learn more about Circles, send an email to circles@awfumc.org, or call Laurel Blackwell at 334.524.3652.


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