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Listening Project Volunteers Make Effort to Empower

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Volunteers in the Shenandoah Valley are reaching out to impoverished areas in an effort to empower. 

Every Wednesday afternoon a handful of volunteers knocks on doors and ask questions.  It's part of Virginia Organizing's Listening Project, an effort that aims to find out how people in less affluent Waynesboro neighborhoods feel about housing, education, the community.

"There've been very, very moving stories," said Listening Project volunteer Andrea Jackson.  "Very personal stories, and that the main thing that I've heard is that people want to feel like they matter.  They don't want to be defined by their socioeconomic level.  They want to be defined as being human beings and being good citizens."

The idea is to find out what people would like to see happen and then ask if they'd like to be a part of it.

Reported by Tara Todd

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