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Our impact on poverty in America

One in five American children lives in poverty. We focus our work in some of our nation’s most distressed and under-served communities, where poverty is high and opportunities are limited. We also respond to disasters that occur right here in the United States. These accomplishments represent some of our 2014 impact:

1.7 million

children and adults served in the United States through domestic programs

Thanks to the support of World Vision donors in the United States.


teachers and students benefited from school supplies provided by our Teacher Resource Center, supporting low-income neighborhoods

Thanks to the support of World Vision donors in the United States.


children and adults assisted with disaster relief and recovery response

Thanks to the support of World Vision donors in the United States.

Outcome Reports

World Vision’s Teacher Resource Center (TRC) program provides new school supplies, backpacks, clothing, and other classroom resources to students in schools across the United States with 70 percent or higher poverty rates. For the most part, teachers and other school staff come to a World Vision warehouse facility or mobile TRC and “shop,” free of charge, for the products most useful to their students and classrooms. Occasionally, special events are held and product is distributed at the school. The FY14 TRC teacher survey was undertaken in response to requests from World Vision U.S. programs staff for information that could be used with current and future supporters to illustrate the impact of the TRC on children, teachers, and classrooms across America.

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For the past 20 years, World Vision’s U.S. programs have provided the opportunity for churches, organizations, and families to serve people living in poverty in various communities through our U.S. missions program. Whether repairing homes and community centers or leading children’s summer programs and sport camps, the mission volunteers experience and share the love of God and neighbor in a practical and life-transforming way. A local pastor, sharing about the impact on one of his parishioners, said, “She is thrilled with the improvement of her home made by World Vision and the mission team. She felt so loved by the team, and they cared for her. She continues to have contact from them on a regular basis. Words cannot express the impact of World Vision in our community.”

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Our Approach

+ What’s your game plan for having the most impact on children and families in need?

We maximize and multiply our impact by working in partnership with over 3,000 local organizations, rather than limiting our services to what we could do alone. These community-based groups make sure that help gets to the children and families who need it most. We strengthen what’s already working.

+ How do you select the communities where you work?

Our primary consideration is the level of child poverty. In the United States, we find pockets of poverty with the same outcomes for child health and education as in the developing world.

Another key factor is the expressed interest of local nonprofit organizations in partnering with World Vision to meet community needs.

+ Why do you work through partners?

Every struggling community in America has faith-based and community-based organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. Most of these groups are under-resourced and overworked because the need is so great.

Rather than duplicate their efforts, World Vision comes alongside them to help them be even more effective with the tools and resources we offer as a strong international organization with years of community development experience.

+ How do you equip local leaders and organizations to help children and families?

Families living in poverty are often forced to choose between buying food, paying rent, or buying new clothes and shoes for their children. We provide new, high-quality donated products to our partners to distribute to these families. This includes clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, household goods, home repair materials, and school supplies.

We also train organizations that work with high-risk children and youth for more effective mentoring, academic assistance, and youth empowerment. We especially focus on community solutions that engage young people in the transformation of their communities. Training topics include: 40 Developmental Assets for Children and Youth, Effective Academic Mentoring, Child Protection, and Advocacy to Improve Life for Children and Youth.

+ How do you help U.S. families devastated by disasters?

We provide food, clothing, and cleaning supplies immediately after a disaster through churches, schools, and community organizations near the impacted area. We provide new, high-quality school supplies to help young people reconnect with their education. We also provide building materials for home repair and long-term rebuilding and recovery.

Our Areas of Impact

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Clean Water

The foundation of life, health, and freedom from poverty

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Child Protection

Preventing child trafficking, child labor, exploitation, abuse, and neglect

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Disaster Relief

Life-saving emergency relief and long-term response

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Economic Development

Financial empowerment for communities

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Equipping children for a future of opportunity

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Food & Agriculture

Building food security; fighting hunger and malnutrition

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Promoting well-being for children, families, and communities

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U.S. Work

Assisting and empowering our American neighbors

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Our Faith

Following Jesus’ example through our global work

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Promoting gender equality to bring fullness of life for all

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