Vision 2020: Ending Poverty in Waushara County

“My parents have always preached the virtues of hard work. Hard work is one thing; economic struggle is another.“ – Sargent Shriver

Sargent Shriver, the primary architect on President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” is an inspiration to the efforts of the Vision 2020 committee. The committee’s work-engaging the community in the elimination of poverty-supports the belief that working hard is not always enough to address the economic struggles facing so many of Waushara County’s households. Solutions range from addressing very basic needs of clothing, shelter, food and medical care to improving readiness for school, supporting education for a skilled work force, and removing barriers that prevent hard working and able bodied individuals from obtaining a living wage job.

Increasing awareness about local poverty needs and solutions is central to the committee’s efforts. In addition, four workgroups focus on priorities established by the community: Basic Needs; Resource Awareness; Engaging the Faith Community; and Transportation.

For more information, contact Jan Novak at 920-787-6600 or

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