In this persisting recession, if you are fearful of job and home loss, help is at hand. The Oneida Indian Nation, the first ally of the United States, and HELP USA, a leading homeless advocacy organization, have joined hands to allay such fears. Both resolve that no person should go hungry or without a home.
The challenges of homelessness and hunger that people face today bring a sense of urgency to HELP USA’s mission and the symbolic significance surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Figures suggest that America is emerging as a new poor country. Annual data released by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that almost 43.6 million Americans (about one in every seven people) now live in poverty, the highest number since record-keeping began in 1959. This is an increase of 3.7 million Americans in 2009. (Read: Over 43 Million Americans Now Live in Poverty)
Recently, Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned about government’s plan to create jobs at home through ‘Make It In America’ manufacturing strategy. (Read: Pelosi Preaches ‘Make It In America’ Plan for Jobs)
Moreover, a report from the Center for Immigration Studies reveals that less-educated, younger, and minority American workers face the worst job market in decades, far worse than their more educated counterparts. (Read: Bad Job Scene for Less-Educated in America)
The Oneida Indian Nation approached HELP USA with this joint effort to feed hundreds of homeless New Yorkers for the holidays, as well as support the American Indian Empowerment Fund, reinvigorating the culture and legacy of native people helping others.
Integral to this agreement is a commitment by both parties to rediscover the origin and spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, which dates back to native people providing this country’s first newcomers with food and shelter.
“By partnering with HELP USA we are creating an opportunity to help all who live in America regain strength and pride,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises.
“Capitalizing on this partnership, we hope to deliver and inspire the true spirit of giving back, the essence of our heritage.”
“We are thrilled to have the Oneida Indian Nation as a partner in giving thanks and giving back,” said Maria Cuomo Cole, Chair of the Board for HELP USA. “Together, we will work to serve hope to families and highlight the devastation our country is currently facing.”
The partnership between the Oneida Indian Nation and HELP USA introduces the “Our Heritage of HELPing” campaign. It is joined by more than a dozen celebrities and chefs. More information is at www.helpusa.org.
The Oneida Indian Nation plans to sell several of HELP USA’s Comfort Food products to raise additional funds and awareness for both HELP USA and the American Indian Empowerment Fund.
The line will be sold at Oneida Indian Nation convenience stores, Turning Stone Resort, at exclusive retail partners and online.
The partnership was announced today, Nov. 8.
In the above picture, Mario Cantone, Amy Carlson, Jill Flint, Ray Halbritter, Evan Lysacek, and Gilles Marini appear in a PSA (public service advertisement) for HELP USA’s and Oneida Indian Nation’s Heritage of HELPing Campaign.