MDC develops programs that enable families and communities to weather hard times and sustain economic progress.
For individuals, that means gaining access to the work supports that empower them to rise out of poverty with resources to feed their families, grow their savings, and stay in school.
For communities, it means building the capacity and supporting front-line, community-based organizations with tools and strategies to reach people who otherwise may not take advantage of financial and educational supports available to them.
We help a coalition of health care and legal aid organizations secure federal grants and mobilize to connect uninsured households with Affordable Care Act health insurance and financial assistance, leading North Carolina to post the fourth-highest number of enrollments in the nation.
We work with Local Initiatives Support Corporation and United Way Worldwide in two communities helping low-income working families achieve economic security through a seamless delivery of services and supports.
We initially helped North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia replicate an Ohio “benefit bank” model for connecting low-income resident with available financial benefits, and now work with communities to extend the model to bundle and deliver benefit services more broadly through integrated networks.
We helped Danville Regional Foundation through a community assessment process that examined economic development prospects for the area, as well as education, workforce and health outcomes so that the foundation could be strategic in its work in the region.
We helped community partners train and market this statewide resource network that offer free tax return preparation for poor residents of 26 counties in North Carolina and South Carolina.
We helped connect vulnerable Asian immigrants in Bayou la Batre, Ala., with local emergency management services following the devastation of Huricana Katrina.
We provided technical assistance and documented the Jacksonville (Fla.) Community Foundation’s initiative to create community-wide, systemic change that better life outcomes for children, families and neighborhoods in its region.
We created NC VetsCorps to help organizations already participating in our The Benefit Bank® of North Carolina initiative deploy AmeriCorps members to build the capacities of front-line organizations serving veterans and military families
We facilitated group formation, framing and communication of policy ideas for this five-year W.K. Kellogg Foundation initiative to build seven networks that advocated on behalf of Rural America.