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File #: RES 18-1163    Version: 1 Name: Declaring Interfaith Action Day
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 7/18/2018
Title: Recognizing the work of Interfaith Action to mobilize volunteers in the faith community and declaring July 26, 2018 to be Interfaith Action day.
Sponsors: Rebecca Noecker
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Recognizing the work of Interfaith Action to mobilize volunteers in the faith community and declaring July 26, 2018 to be Interfaith Action day.

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WHEREAS poverty rates in Saint Paul are staggering; 70% of the children in Saint Paul Public Schools are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, and the Met Council estimates that 40% of the people who live in Saint Paul live below 185% of the federal poverty level; and

WHEREAS to attain a living wage in Saint Paul, it is generally necessary to have a post-secondary credential of labor market value; and

WHEREAS to earn that credential, it is generally necessary to pass placement examinations such as the Accuplacer, ACT, SAT, or MCA examinations used by the Minnesota State Colleges and University system and most other postsecondary institutions; and

WHEREAS many students try to earn a post-secondary credential, borrow student loan money to fund the effort, and then fail to earn the credential because they are either unable to earn passing placement scores or progress out of developmental courses that do not count towards certificates or degrees; some of them go back to low-wage jobs and then end up having their wages garnished to pay for their student loan debt; and

WHEREAS the sectors that work together to try to build an infrastructure of opportunity in Saint Paul need help; despite the best efforts of government, business, and foundations, so much is left undone; and

WHEREAS key non-profits in Saint Paul know how to help students and working adults move forward, including:

· Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
· CommonBond Communities
· Daily Work
· East Side Learning Center
· Neighborhood House
· Reading Partners
· Saint Paul Public Library
· Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul

WHEREAS these non-profits have evidence-based approaches that are proven to work; and

WHEREAS these non-profits are held back in their work by an insufficient volunteer labor force; and

WHEREAS Saint Paul’s interfaith f...

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