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US Work

One in five American children lives in poverty. We focus our work in some of our nation’s most distressed and under-served communities, where poverty is high and opportunities are limited. We also respond to disasters that occur right here in the United States.

1.7 million
children and adults served in the United States through domestic programs

Thanks to the support of World Vision U.S. donors.

175,487
teachers and students benefited from school supplies provided by our Teacher Resource Center, supporting low-income neighborhoods

Thanks to the support of World Vision U.S. donors.

19,387
children and adults assisted with disaster relief and recovery response

Thanks to the support of World Vision U.S. donors.

Our Approach to U.S. Work

How do you make sure you're having the most impact on children and families in need?

We maximize and multiply our impact by working in partnership with over 3,000 local organizations, rather than limiting our services to what we could do alone. These community-based groups make sure that help gets to the children and families who need it most. We strengthen what’s already working.

How do you select the communities where you work?

Our primary consideration is the level of child poverty. In the United States, we find pockets of poverty with the same outcomes for child health and education as in the developing world.

Another key factor is the expressed interest of local nonprofit organizations in partnering with World Vision to meet community needs.

Why do you work through partners?

Every struggling community in America has faith-based and community-based organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and families. Most of these groups are under-resourced and overworked because the need is so great.

Rather than duplicate their efforts, World Vision comes alongside them to help them be even more effective with the tools and resources we offer as a strong international organization with years of community development experience.

How do you equip local leaders and organizations to help children and families?

Families living in poverty are often forced to choose between buying food, paying rent, or buying new clothes and shoes for their children. We provide new, high-quality donated products to our partners to distribute to these families. This includes clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, household goods, home repair materials, and school supplies.

We also train organizations that work with high-risk children and youth for more effective mentoring, academic assistance, and youth empowerment. We especially focus on community solutions that engage young people in the transformation of their communities. Training topics include: 40 Developmental Assets for Children and Youth, Effective Academic Mentoring, Child Protection, and Advocacy to Improve Life for Children and Youth.

How do you help U.S. families devastated by disasters?

We provide food, clothing, and cleaning supplies immediately after a disaster through churches, schools, and community organizations near the impacted area. We provide new, high-quality school supplies to help young people reconnect with their education. We also provide building materials for home repair and long-term rebuilding and recovery.

U.S. Work Resources

Teacher Resource Center Report (PDF)

This program provides new school supplies, backpacks, clothing, and other classroom resources to schools with poverty rates of 70% or higher. Teachers and school staff come to a World Vision warehouse facility and “shop,” for their students, free of charge.

Service Engagement Report (PDF)

Churches, organizations, and families serve people living in poverty through our U.S. missions program. Whether repairing homes and community centers, or leading children’s summer programs and sport camps, volunteers experience and share the love of God in practical, life-transforming ways.

Ways to Give to U.S. Work

Help those in poverty in the USA: $25

Your gift to help children and families in the U.S. will provide the basics children living in poverty in our country need to thrive — essentials like food, clothing, school supplies, academic mentoring, training, and more.

Give $1,200 worth of necessities: $100

Your gift delivers essentials like brand-new clothing, blankets, personal care items — even toys around the USA. And thanks to donations from clothing manufacturers, a gift that would normally help one child will now help twelve.

Together, we work to help communities develop the perfect recipe for sustainable success.

Choose one and see how our work gets done.

Health

U.S. Work

Economic Development

Clean Water

Education

Our Faith

Health

U.S. Work

Economic Development

Clean Water

Education

Our Faith

Disaster Response

Child Protection

Gender Equality

Disaster Response

Child Protection

Gender Equality