Pay the Unemployed to work for Oregon Volunteer Organizations
Unemployment is a huge problem for our state. While many unemployed are looking for work or retraining, some have simply given up. My idea is to have the unemployed "volunteer" at existing volunteer organizations, but that grants be provided so these people may be paid enough money to stay on their feet. These would not be permanent positions, but give the victims of the recession something productive to do until the economy improves. It would also increase the rosters of volunteers during this time when places like food banks and shelters need assistance most. This could be a good thing for individuals, organizations, and society all at one time.