President of Oxfam America, Raymond Offenheiser, will discuss global poverty, food crisis, and climate change on April 7, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Raymond Offenheiser, the president of Oxfam America, will discuss issues of global poverty, the food crisis, and climate change on Tuesday, April 7. The program, presented by Operation Donation of Vassar College, will begin at 5:30pm on the second floor of the Students’ Building and is free and open to the public. 

Oxfam America is a non-profit international development and relief agency and the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam International, which works to end global poverty through saving lives, strengthening communities, and campaigning for change.

Since Raymond Offenheiser joined Boston-based Oxfam America in 1995, the organization has grown more than fourfold in size and has positioned itself as an expert on international development and global trade. Offenheiser, who has worked his entire career in the non-profit sector, is a recognized leader on issues such as poverty alleviation, human rights, foreign assistance, and international development. He is a frequent commentator in the media on such issues as foreign aid, international debt, human rights, and global trade policies, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, BBC, and has been a quoted source in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun and other major American newspapers.

“Operation Donation (OD), a student-organized, anti-poverty group that is dedicated to fighting poverty on the local, national, and global levels, is pleased to welcome Raymond Offenheiser to Vassar to mobilize our own community to engage with issues of global poverty,” explained OD founder Jim Kelly, class of 2009.

Since Kelly founded OD in 2005, during his first year at Vassar, the group has donated over $100,000 worth of groceries and dollars to Poughkeepsie-area non-profits. In addition, OD members assist Poughkeepsie’s youth at The River Haven, a shelter located in Poughkeepsie that provides crisis intervention services and emergency shelter to homeless and runaway youth. Members of OD have also lobbied for change in Washington, DC. As Kelly explained to Vassar’s Miscellany News, “Charity is a starting point. To really end poverty, you need to interact with those in power.” Operation Donation is in its fourth year as a Vassar Student Association-certified organization.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, March 27, 2009