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Elizabeth Clapp

OPPD Rate Change Proposal May Disempower Low-Income Families

All families deserve to have access to reasonably-priced utilities, to keep the lights on and the heat running for themselves and their children. However, recent events have undermined that promise. This past month, the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) has announced proposals that would increase the overall utilities rate by…...

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Payday Lending Creates Challenges for Nebraska Families

  With low unemployment rates and high numbers of parents in the workforce, we know that Nebraska families are working hard.   However, sometimes hard work is not enough to pay the bills. When these situations arise, payday lenders are there to offer short-term loans. In these transactions, the customer gets…...

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Shop with a Purpose this Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, many of us begin to strategize our gift purchasing for family and friends. Whether it’s framing a sneaky question about what a family member wants for Christmas, or monitoring a friend’s Pinterest board for gift ideas, we start looking around for the perfect gift. For…...

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Making Nebraska’s Schools Hunger Free

As Thanksgiving approaches, we look forward to celebrating the holiday with our families, around a table of everyone’s favorite dishes. But what happens for families that struggle to put food on the table during difficult times? As the poverty rate for Nebraska families remains high, so does food insecurity: according…...

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As Child Care Costs Increase, Nebraska Must Support Its Families

Our state and communities are stronger when we support parents in the workplace and ensure families can achieve financial security. Last week, a report was released detailing the rising cost of child care for families across the United States. In it, the authors revealed that for most working families with…...

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Pro-Kid Policy Changes 2015: Economic Stability

In Nebraska, bills that advance out of the Legislature and are signed by the Governor typically become law three months after the Legislature has adjourned sine die, unless the bill contains an emergency clause, rendering it in effect upon approval by the Governor. With all bills passed during the 2015…...

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Community Eligibility Creates a Strong Foundation for Learning

  With the school year underway again, Nebraskans know how important it is to make sure our children have everything they need to succeed in school, and a big part of this is ensuring that all students have the food they need to fuel their learning. Unfortunately, about one in five households…...

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Lack of Paid Leave Creates Particular Challenges for Working Families

The American Dream tells us that if we work hard, we will be prosperous enough to feel secure. This dream may be more elusive for mothers who are seeking family leave from work. Workplaces that offer paid family leave, where the employee receives at least some compensation for time at…...

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Medicaid is Good for Kids, Good for Families, and Good for Nebraska

  We all want our children to grow up happy and healthy, and to have a chance to succeed. Moms and dads want to attend their kids’ high school and college graduations, and to later cheer on their entry into exciting new careers. Making sure that children have access to…...

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Greetings from the New LVC Volunteer, Elizabeth Clapp

As the incoming LVC Volunteer for this coming year, I am aware that I have some big shoes to fill. Thankfully, settling in at Voices for Children has been made easy due to the generosity and welcoming spirit of everyone here. I am excited to get started on a busy…...

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