Pam Fessler Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.
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Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama poses with National Urban League President Marc Morial on Aug. 2, 2008. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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A voter casts a ballot during the Republican primary election April 24 in Philadelphia. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images hide caption

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Support group members Pamela Travis (from left), Dominique Martin, Yovanda Dixon, Shanna Chaney and Ramona Shewl hold a meeting as part of the Family Independence Initiative. The Oakland nonprofit encourages low-income families to form small groups to help each other get ahead. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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A worker dismantles a mattress at a recycling facility in Oakland, Calif. The material will be used to make carpet products and proceeds will help support the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, a nonprofit that helps low-income families in Eugene, Ore. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Turning Trash Into Cash To Help Nation's Poor

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Shyanne (left) holds 1-year-old Makai, as Stepp checks to see if all of Shyanne's homework has been completed. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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To Beat Odds, Poor Single Moms Need Wide Safety Net

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Devora Trapp, 24, picks up her 8-month-old son, Dardarius Taylor, late one evening at the Opportunity House's Second Street Learning Center, a 24-hour day care center for low-income families in Reading, Pa. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Millions Remain Without Power As Heat Rises

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A Republican primary voter walks to her polling precinct in January in St. Petersburg, Fla. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Justice Department Sues Florida As Voter Battle Intensifies

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The Faith and Freedom Coalition has gone as far as sponsoring a race car with "Register to Vote" emblazoned on the side. Reed Sorenson drove the No. 32 car during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on April 28 in Virginia. Russell LaBounty/LAT for AP hide caption

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Veteran James Brown relaxes in his apartment, which he recently moved into after spending decades on the streets. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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