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Power of Membership

Power of Membership

“You can’t accomplish very much by yourself. I learned that the hard way, and community, it is all about helping each other.”

– Caroline Topeé


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Caroline Topeé grew up in a financially stable family and took her financial security for granted. Then came the day when she realized that, to protect her daughter, she needed to leave her abusive marriage. Caroline took on several jobs just to stay afloat, which had repercussions for her daughter and their relationship. Parent Voices, a parent-led, parent-run grassroots organization in California, helped provide Caroline with the tools and knowledge she needed to advocate on behalf of her daughter and herself, alongside thousands of other parents across the state and the country grappling with similar challenges.

Why This Story?

Through Caroline Topeé’s story, viewers come to understand the important role community organizations can play in improving the lives and lifting the voices of low-income families. “The Power of Membership” points out the advantages of active involvement in the efforts of a local organization led and run by families.

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