Empower Missouri Task Forces

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Empower Missouri provides leadership, research, education and advocacy to improve public policies and programs impacting the health and welfare of all people in Missouri. Empower Missouri is seeking professionals, advocates, and leaders to join nine topic specific task forces.

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The Missouri Association of Social Welfare (MASW) is a citizen membership organization founded in 1901. Organized in the Progressive Era, we started in St. Louis as the Missouri Conference on Corrections and Charities. We were mostly a statewide professional forum for philanthropists, government employees of human services agencies, and private charity professionals. For the first decade our activities consisted mostly of meeting once a year to discuss social problems and read papers.

MASW became a more activist organization in 1910, with our first legislative committee under the of leadership of Roger Baldwin, subsequent founder of the American Civil Liberties Union. We began advocating for changes in public policy to improve social conditions. Among our first major successes was the creation of the Widow's Pension Program, a pilot project in Jackson County, Missouri, which spread around the country and became the model for the national Aid to Dependent Children Program passed in the Social Security Act of 1935.

In 2010, MASW became Empower Missouri.


Empower Missouri envisions Missouri becoming a more just, equitable and democratic society that assures every person’s health, safety, security, independence, human rights, dignity and the opportunity to reach full potential. Task force membership is open to individuals and organizations whose work is aligned with the Empower Missouri mission.

Empower Missouri is seeking members for the following task forces:
Asset Development
Criminal Justice
Economic Justice
Education Policy
Health and Mental Health
Affordable Housing and Homelessness
Human Rights
Legislative Issues



Task force members share information and work on developing and implementing advocacy strategies.


Jeanette MottOxford
Executive Director
Empower Missouri
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