Habitat For Poverty Essay

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Paul Wellstone states “More than 35 million Americans – one out of every seven of our fellow citizens – are officially poor. And the poor are getting poorer. How do we identify those ‘deserving’ our help?” (Wellstone) How are the poor portrayed? How do we know who is poor anymore? As I go through my day to day life it is hard to acknowledge who is struggling and who isn’t. When I think of the poor I often think of the homeless. The commercials on TV that show children starving with no food and no place to live; these are the things I think of when I think of poor. Diana George shows how Habitat for Humanity along with some other organizations shows how poverty is depicted. Diana George is an English professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. George is writer, coauthor, and editor. In the opening of the article, George makes a connection with the audience by providing an anecdote about the numerous ads for non-profit organizations asking for donations around the holiday season. This story easily relates to everyone who has a mailbox in America and is a good way to connect instantly with the reader. As someone who donates to charities, George understands the importance of helping others. In getting various items in the mail from different charities such as Salvation Army, Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home for Abused Women, and Habitat for Humanity, George questions “How can ads in the mail and publicity videos help the charities instead of hindering them?” One in particular that stands out is Habitat for Humanity. George looks into the ads that Habitat uses to get people and businesses to donate to their cause, to set up housing for people who do not have homes with not only the person helping bu... ... middle of paper ... ...lothing to showing everyday people in their own environment in different parts of America, George is reaching out to all of us so we have an understanding of how organizations are portraying poverty in adds, but need to change into something realistic. It is hard to relate to charities when videos and mail flyers don’t connect to people and their emotions. With the realization of more than 35 million Americans being considered poor, it is important that charities take a look at what George has written and consider changing the way their ads are being seen. George realizes that all these organizations are important and have a time crunch to get their info out to people, but she also knows that with a few changes they could get so many more donations from money to time. I truly feel as if George had a great argument for her cause and I stand behind what she states
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