Happy New Year! The Elder Economic Security Initiative team would like to thank all of our partners and friends for your help in making 2009 such a success! The Initiative launched in four more states in 2009 (Michigan, New Jersey, Minnesota and Connecticut) and invited an additional three states (New Mexico, New York, and West Virginia) to carry out the project. Each of these states will officially launch later this year!
In 2010, the Initiative looks forward to expanding our team by hiring a Field Coordinator. We will also be expanding our reach through a new messaging campaign, Building Bridges to Economic Security, funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies. WOW received funding to create a new framework for public policy and public discourse that can be used to set both aspirational and concrete measures through the broad lens of economic security across the generations. The project will be grounded in the voices and experiences of individuals that lay the basis for organizing and advocacy on policies and programs deemed necessary by local communities to assure that their residents are on a path to economic well being. During the course of the project, we hope to find language that will bridge race, class, age, and gender differences so that we can build a messaging frame work that will be embraced by communities as a whole.
Lastly, we will soon release our 2010 Request for Proposals to allow additional statewide organizations to apply to be a part of this project. Stay tuned, we anticipate 2010 to be a great year!