LIFT LIFT is a national nonprofit organization that empowers families to break the cycle of poverty. Learn more: whywelift.org LIFT is a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering families to break the cycle of poverty.
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By fostering relationships between low-income parents (members) and clinically trained volunteers (coaches), we help families build the strong personal, social and financial foundations to secure immediate, critical needs and to achieve long-term goals and aspirations. LIFT connects with families through four sites located in communities with some of the highest rates of concentrated poverty: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. Because this work cannot be done alone, LIFT focuses on building strong community collaborations with a wide range of local, regional and national partners to help ensure families receive the resources and support they need. To learn more, visit whywelift.org.

Mission: LIFT’s mission is to empower families to break the cycle of poverty.

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Do we have any Star Wars fans in the house? This week’s episode of #TheMandalorian was directed by LIFTer Rick Famuyiwa!...
12/11/2020

Do we have any Star Wars fans in the house? This week’s episode of #TheMandalorian was directed by LIFTer Rick Famuyiwa!

Rick, his wife Glenita, and their children have been dedicated supporters of LIFT-LA. Check out this photo of the Famuyiwa’s with the member family they sponsored at last year's #LIFTfiesta! The Famuyiwa’s graciously sponsored a year’s worth of LIFT programming for this Angeleno family and had a chance to meet them face-to-face at our Holiday Fiesta. #tbt

Emergency paid leave under #FamiliesFirst expires this month, right when we need it most. Paid leave saves lives. Period...
12/08/2020

Emergency paid leave under #FamiliesFirst expires this month, right when we need it most. Paid leave saves lives. Period.

Contact your senators and representatives today and tell them to expand and extend the Families First Coronavirus Response Act by visiting paidleaveforall.org #PaidLeaveForAll

Caregiving is the essential work that allows the entire economy to run, but, for too long, caregivers have not been give...
12/08/2020
Care for Caregivers: Virtual Town Hall

Caregiving is the essential work that allows the entire economy to run, but, for too long, caregivers have not been given the support they need. We want to change this, and we need your help to do it.

Join us for Care for Caregivers: Virtual Community Town Hall on Thursday December 10, from 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM Central.

Virtual event will be in English & Spanish. RSVP on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unpaid-caregiving-virtual-town-hall-tickets-131060795367

A conversation on unpaid caregiving, its importance in all communities, its challenges, & solutions to better support caregivers.

Caregiving is the essential work that allows the entire economy to run, but, for too long, caregivers have not been give...
12/06/2020
Care for Caregivers: Virtual Town Hall

Caregiving is the essential work that allows the entire economy to run, but, for too long, caregivers have not been given the support they need. We want to change this, and we need your help to do it.

Join us for Care for Caregivers: Virtual Community Town Hall on Thursday December 10, from 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM Central.

Virtual event will be in English & Spanish. RSVP on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unpaid-caregiving-virtual-town-hall-tickets-131060795367

A conversation on unpaid caregiving, its importance in all communities, its challenges, & solutions to better support caregivers.

Caregiving is the essential work that allows the entire economy to run, but, for too long, caregivers have not been give...
12/05/2020
Care for Caregivers: Virtual Town Hall

Caregiving is the essential work that allows the entire economy to run, but, for too long, caregivers have not been given the support they need. We want to change this, and we need your help to do it.

Join us for Care for Caregivers: Virtual Community Town Hall on Thursday December 10, from 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM Central.

Virtual event will be in English & Spanish. RSVP on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unpaid-caregiving-virtual-town-hall-tickets-131060795367

A conversation on unpaid caregiving, its importance in all communities, its challenges, & solutions to better support caregivers.

We're proud to share that LIFT CEO Michelle Rhone-Collins has been chosen as an inaugural member of the ProInspire Catal...
12/04/2020

We're proud to share that LIFT CEO Michelle Rhone-Collins has been chosen as an inaugural member of the ProInspire Catalyst Collective! Over the next 12 months, she'll be closely collaborating with other Executive Leaders of Color to prioritize holistic wellbeing and to shift organizational culture. Together, they'll be reimagining and advancing race equity in the social sector.

Learn more: https://www.proinspire.org/programs/catalyst-collective/

Amazon is kicking off their holiday season with some of our favorite artists, like Justin Bieber, recording new holiday ...
12/03/2020

Amazon is kicking off their holiday season with some of our favorite artists, like Justin Bieber, recording new holiday classics to enjoy. In addition to new music, these artists are collaborating with Amazon to deliver smiles by fulfilling AmazonSmile Charity Lists for nonprofit organizations including LIFT! Through this program, LIFT families will receive the items they need for the holidays.

Justin highlighted his support for LIFT by saying:

“I’m so thankful to be able to spend the season with loved ones, and to also use this opportunity to give back to LIFT, Inner-City Arts and Alexandria House: three incredible organizations that I’ve supported in the past. I hope my fans join me in reaching out to the communities and organizations they care about, to help spread joy to those who need it most.”

Thank you to @JustinBieber and @Amazon for this incredible opportunity. Your support provides LIFT families the hope, money, and love we all need this season!

We're proud to share that LIFT CEO Michelle Rhone-Collins has been chosen as an inaugural member of the ProInspire Catal...
11/28/2020

We're proud to share that LIFT CEO Michelle Rhone-Collins has been chosen as an inaugural member of the ProInspire Catalyst Collective! Over the next 12 months, she'll be closely collaborating with other Executive Leaders of Color to prioritize holistic wellbeing and to shift organizational culture. Together, they'll be reimagining and advancing race equity in the social sector.

Learn more: https://www.proinspire.org/programs/catalyst-collective/

11/27/2020
Happy Thanksgiving, LIFTers!

Without your help this year, we wouldn't have been able to seamlessly transition all our coaching services online, distribute $1,200,000 in COVID-19 direct cash relief, and provide our free program to thousands of families across the country.

🙌 Thank you for LIFTing us up 🙌

With #GivingTuesday quickly approaching, we're ready to end the year on a high note with even more great surprises and direct cash support for our families. Help us provide the hope, money, and love our families deserve this holiday season next week!

11/26/2020
Happy Thanksgiving, LIFTers!

Without your help this year, we wouldn't have been able to seamlessly transition all our coaching services online, distribute $1,200,000 in COVID-19 direct cash relief, and provide our free program to thousands of families across the country.

🙌 Thank you for LIFTing us up 🙌

With #GivingTuesday quickly approaching, we're ready to end the year on a high note with even more great surprises and direct cash support for our families. Help us provide the hope, money, and love our families deserve this holiday season next week!

Amazon is kicking off their holiday season with some of our favorite artists, like Justin Bieber, recording new holiday ...
11/25/2020

Amazon is kicking off their holiday season with some of our favorite artists, like Justin Bieber, recording new holiday classics to enjoy. In addition to new music, these artists are collaborating with Amazon to deliver smiles by fulfilling AmazonSmile Charity Lists for nonprofit organizations including LIFT! Through this program, LIFT families will receive the items they need for the holidays.

Justin highlighted his support for LIFT by saying:

“I’m so thankful to be able to spend the season with loved ones, and to also use this opportunity to give back to LIFT, Inner-City Arts and Alexandria House: three incredible organizations that I’ve supported in the past. I hope my fans join me in reaching out to the communities and organizations they care about, to help spread joy to those who need it most.”

Thank you to @JustinBieber and @Amazon for this incredible opportunity. Your support provides LIFT families the hope, money, and love we all need this season!

We're proud to share that LIFT CEO Michelle Rhone-Collins has been chosen as an inaugural member of the ProInspire Catal...
11/24/2020

We're proud to share that LIFT CEO Michelle Rhone-Collins has been chosen as an inaugural member of the ProInspire Catalyst Collective! Over the next 12 months, she'll be closely collaborating with other Executive Leaders of Color to prioritize holistic wellbeing and to shift organizational culture. Together, they'll be reimagining and advancing race equity in the social sector.

Learn more: https://www.proinspire.org/programs/catalyst-collective/

Amazon is kicking off their holiday season with some of our favorite artists, like Justin Bieber, recording new holiday ...
11/20/2020

Amazon is kicking off their holiday season with some of our favorite artists, like Justin Bieber, recording new holiday classics to enjoy. In addition to new music, these artists are collaborating with Amazon to deliver smiles by fulfilling AmazonSmile Charity Lists for nonprofit organizations including LIFT! Through this program, LIFT families will receive the items they need for the holidays.

Justin highlighted his support for LIFT by saying:

“I’m so thankful to be able to spend the season with loved ones, and to also use this opportunity to give back to LIFT, Inner-City Arts and Alexandria House: three incredible organizations that I’ve supported in the past. I hope my fans join me in reaching out to the communities and organizations they care about, to help spread joy to those who need it most.”

Thank you to @JustinBieber and @Amazon for this incredible opportunity. Your support provides LIFT families the hope, money, and love we all need this season!

Join us 11/16-11/20 for Together We Thrive, a digital event series for single moms in #HigherEd + their supporters! Chec...
11/19/2020
Discover - Crowdcast

Join us 11/16-11/20 for Together We Thrive, a digital event series for single moms in #HigherEd + their supporters!

Check out the event lineup and RSVP at crowdcast.io/roadtripnation.​ (The first 100 guests to sign up for each event receive a special gift!) #RTNTogetherWeThrive

Join a live or upcoming conversation on crowdcast

Join us 11/16-11/20 for Together We Thrive, a digital event series for single moms in #HigherEd + their supporters! Chec...
11/18/2020
Discover - Crowdcast

Join us 11/16-11/20 for Together We Thrive, a digital event series for single moms in #HigherEd + their supporters!

Check out the event lineup and RSVP at crowdcast.io/roadtripnation.​ (The first 100 guests to sign up for each event receive a special gift!) #RTNTogetherWeThrive

Join a live or upcoming conversation on crowdcast

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program has, for five years, tracked the challenges that face American households...
11/17/2020
Financial Security 2020: A Framework for Recovery and Resilience - The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program has, for five years, tracked the challenges that face American households, and they have a vision for what business, government, philanthropic leaders must do for the next five.

Join in on 11/18 for a variety of speakers, panels, and interviews, where we will uncover a road map for business leaders, policymakers, and philanthropy for the next five years that will address the core economic and policy system failures let down the majority of U.S. households. https://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/financial-security-2020/

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program has, for five years, tracked the challenges that face American households, and we have a vision for what business, government, philanthropic leaders must do for the next five.

Join us 11/16-11/20 for Together We Thrive, a digital event series for single moms in #HigherEd + their supporters! Chec...
11/17/2020
Discover - Crowdcast

Join us 11/16-11/20 for Together We Thrive, a digital event series for single moms in #HigherEd + their supporters!

Check out the event lineup and RSVP at crowdcast.io/roadtripnation.​ (The first 100 guests to sign up for each event receive a special gift!) #RTNTogetherWeThrive

Join a live or upcoming conversation on crowdcast

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program has, for five years, tracked the challenges that face American households...
11/16/2020
Financial Security 2020: A Framework for Recovery and Resilience - The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program has, for five years, tracked the challenges that face American households, and they have a vision for what business, government, philanthropic leaders must do for the next five.

Join in on 11/18 for a variety of speakers, panels, and interviews, where we will uncover a road map for business leaders, policymakers, and philanthropy for the next five years that will address the core economic and policy system failures let down the majority of U.S. households. https://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/financial-security-2020/

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program has, for five years, tracked the challenges that face American households, and we have a vision for what business, government, philanthropic leaders must do for the next five.

Join us 11/16-11/20 for Together We Thrive, a digital event series for single moms in #HigherEd + their supporters! Chec...
11/16/2020
Discover - Crowdcast

Join us 11/16-11/20 for Together We Thrive, a digital event series for single moms in #HigherEd + their supporters!

Check out the event lineup and RSVP at crowdcast.io/roadtripnation.​ (The first 100 guests to sign up for each event receive a special gift!) #RTNTogetherWeThrive

Join a live or upcoming conversation on crowdcast

A history of racial economic exclusion disproportionately hinders BIPOC households from the main pathways to financial s...
11/15/2020
The Cycle of Savings

A history of racial economic exclusion disproportionately hinders BIPOC households from the main pathways to financial security and upward economic mobility. http://bit.ly/AspenFSP_CycleofSavings

What We Gain When We Understand Savings as a Dynamic Process

Join us 11/16-11/20 for Together We Thrive, a digital event series for single moms in #HigherEd + their supporters! Chec...
11/15/2020
Discover - Crowdcast

Join us 11/16-11/20 for Together We Thrive, a digital event series for single moms in #HigherEd + their supporters!

Check out the event lineup and RSVP at crowdcast.io/roadtripnation.​ (The first 100 guests to sign up for each event receive a special gift!) #RTNTogetherWeThrive

Join a live or upcoming conversation on crowdcast

Amazon is kicking off their holiday season with some of our favorite artists, like Justin Bieber, recording new holiday ...
11/14/2020

Amazon is kicking off their holiday season with some of our favorite artists, like Justin Bieber, recording new holiday classics to enjoy. In addition to new music, these artists are collaborating with Amazon to deliver smiles by fulfilling AmazonSmile Charity Lists for nonprofit organizations including LIFT! Through this program, LIFT families will receive the items they need for the holidays.

Justin highlighted his support for LIFT by saying:

“I’m so thankful to be able to spend the season with loved ones, and to also use this opportunity to give back to LIFT, Inner-City Arts and Alexandria House: three incredible organizations that I’ve supported in the past. I hope my fans join me in reaching out to the communities and organizations they care about, to help spread joy to those who need it most.”

Thank you to @JustinBieber and @Amazon for this incredible opportunity. Your support provides LIFT families the hope, money, and love we all need this season!

Join us 11/16-11/20 for Together We Thrive, a digital event series for single moms in #HigherEd + their supporters! Chec...
11/13/2020
Discover - Crowdcast

Join us 11/16-11/20 for Together We Thrive, a digital event series for single moms in #HigherEd + their supporters!

Check out the event lineup and RSVP at crowdcast.io/roadtripnation.​ (The first 100 guests to sign up for each event receive a special gift!) #RTNTogetherWeThrive

Join a live or upcoming conversation on crowdcast

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program has, for five years, tracked the challenges that face American households...
11/13/2020
Financial Security 2020: A Framework for Recovery and Resilience - The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program has, for five years, tracked the challenges that face American households, and they have a vision for what business, government, philanthropic leaders must do for the next five.

Join in on 11/18 for a variety of speakers, panels, and interviews, where we will uncover a road map for business leaders, policymakers, and philanthropy for the next five years that will address the core economic and policy system failures let down the majority of U.S. households. https://www.aspeninstitute.org/events/financial-security-2020/

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program has, for five years, tracked the challenges that face American households, and we have a vision for what business, government, philanthropic leaders must do for the next five.

Last night, John Legend in partnership with our friends at Sperry held an intimate charity zoom performance benefitting ...
11/12/2020

Last night, John Legend in partnership with our friends at Sperry held an intimate charity zoom performance benefitting LIFT. John had the following to say:

“Thank you to LIFT for all the great work you're doing in the community. Make sure everyone donates if you're able to donate. Make sure everyone thinks about their neighbors and the community members – those who are less fortunate than us. Let's make sure we extend love to as many people as we can.”

Thank you to John and all of our supporters at Sperry for this special occasion. Your love for LIFT families is what makes our work possible 💛 #sperrylegend

(Photo by @tashabelikove)

As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, #LIFTLA has partnered with Best Start Families to provide additional s...
11/12/2020

As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, #LIFTLA has partnered with Best Start Families to provide additional support to our local families.

Every other week we distribute boxes full of essential goods to our families, including:

🍎 Fresh Produce and non-perishable items

✨ Household cleaning supplies

🍼 & baby items for our members with little ones at home

Huge thanks to our sponsors SoLa Impact, Para Los Ninos, and Good+ Foundation!

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Founded nearly 20 years ago and headquartered in Washington D.C. with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, LIFT is a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering families to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Our goal – connecting families to the resources and networks they need to achieve economic mobility.

LIFT coaches build trusted relationships with low-income parents and caregivers of young children. We help them with immediate needs such as child care and transportation, and long-term goals, such as better paying jobs or continuing education. Not to mention all the things in between, like opening bank accounts, establishing credit and building strong social networks.

Two decades ago, we opened our doors to families in need and what we knew then still holds true now: low-income parents and caregivers want what all parents do – to make a better life for themselves and their children.

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