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How Charitable Are Clearwater Residents?

As government scales back welfare, Americans will rely more on local charities for help. How generous is your community?

How generous is your community? The answer to that question may determine in part how cities and towns pull through tough economic times, as government cuts welfare and Americans are hit hard by unemployment, foreclosure and other financial problems.

“There’s a storm coming,” says Bruce Katz, vice president at the Brookings Institution, and an expert on the nation’s cities. “Which places are prepared?”

Katz says local governments should be thinking hard about how to encourage giving because “we don’t have the welfare programs that we have had in the past. The need for individual giving is greater than it has been in modern memory.”

The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers an easy-to-use interactive map based on zipcode that shows just how charity-minded U.S. communities are. A special report on "How America Gives" uses data from 2008, the most recent available, and provides detail down to the city and ZIP-code level about the relative generosity of U.S. communities.

Here's a quick look at giving in one Clearwater zipcode:

Zipcode: 33755:

Ranking: 4,266 of 28,725 surveyed

Percent of income given: 8.8%

Median contribution: $4,144.

Median discretionary income: $46,910.

Total giving: $9.5 million.

To see other Clearwater zipcodes, or giving in any other city or town in the U.S., check out the Chronicle of Philanthropy's Giving Map.

See More on Charitable Giving

"How America Gives," Special Report by the Chronicle of Philanthropy

Patch Calendar of Charitable Events in Clearwater

Cyntthia Johnson August 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Government is scaling back the programs and how one may be qualified to be on assistance. Such as the Food Stamp program that has the involuntary work requirement. The TANF programs requirement to work to qualify for cash assistance is set to expire under Obama's requirements. Meaning that if allowed to expire? Anyone on cash assistance will no longer have to go through the work requirement's to keep receiving cash assistance.
Jeannie Vaughn August 22, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Lazy people who don't want to work are ruining the chances of those who really need assistance. Also, a lot of those who have been out of work for a while need to look for work outside thier field or interest. The place I work is always hiring...those people say they can't find work; truth is, they can't find a job they WANT so they say they can't find a job. I say, do what needs to be done even if it's not what you really want to do. There ARE jobs to be had.
Lynda August 22, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Could you give the name of your employer and what jobs are available? Many people I know who are over 55 and were laid off have not been able to get hired because of age. They will take anything they can get if they can physically do the work.
Cyntthia Johnson August 22, 2012 at 04:54 PM
There is also at home work or as some might call it? Telecommuting. Uhaul hires at home workers for their customer service jobs. Hilton Hotels hires reservation agents for at home work, too. If some of these people have landline telephones and a computer? There is work that can be found online even if it's not their career set. A good resource is www.wahm.com. Go to their forums and to their articles. These are tried and tested companies that hire for home work. With an actual paycheck. There is also https://www.odesk.com/. And last but not least? http://workfromhomesearch.blogspot.com/p/work-home-company-list.html On the last one? You simply follow the links to the companies to find out which ones are still hiring or not. I know for a fact that Uhaul and Hotel Worldwide are hiring for at home customer service agents. Yes there are jobs to find. As long one is resourceful. ;) *yes I do A LOT of research on this)
Joel Kretzmann October 21, 2012 at 06:47 PM
There are many reasons not to take a job besides laziness. They were not offered it. They got another job. It is not in their field so they are waiting for one in it, which is really a temporary sacrifice, not laziness. Maybe they think you complain about others, because you hate the job?

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