Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy

Project H.O.P.E.

In 2012 the Center will initiate Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Others in Poverty Environments) to create awareness that leads to action and produces solutions toward eliminating poverty.  Project H.O.P.E. will focus Maryville University faculty, staff and students in working with community partners to address issues of adequate housing, food, clothing, employment, health, education and political access.

2012 Activities

In this inaugural year, Project H.O.P.E. will focus on building a group of faculty, staff and students to  begin focusing Maryville’s poverty relief efforts. As part of that effort, the project will focus on activities to raise awareness on campus of the problems of poverty in the St. Louis area.  This efforts will include:

•  Conduct of a Forum on Poverty in St. Louis

•  Hosting a Poverty Simulation on campus in cooperation with JCI

•  Develop digital signage and awareness campaigns for campus

•  Conduct of several poverty relief drives throughout the year

•  Create partnerships with local organizations including, St. Patrick Center, Grace Hill Settlement House, JCI and others



St. Louis



Income per capita $21,263 $24,566 $26,505
Median household income $35,846 $48,524 $54,595
Median earnings male $29,291 $36,223 $38,921
Median earnings female $22,728 $21,711 $23,115
Poverty level 24.6% 13.3% 12.3%


From more information:

Mike Kiener (

Steve DiSalvo (

STL Poverty Forum Video