MOUNT VERNON — United Way of Knox County will once again be hosting a Poverty Simulation to assist participants in understanding the harsh realities of poverty. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene, 16001 Glen Road in Mount Vernon. Poverty Simulation is a part of United Way’s Financial Stability Initiative.
It is a unique, interactive experience that helps individuals begins to comprehend what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. The event is designed to sensitize participants to the struggles faced by low-income families. As nearly one and one-half million Ohioans are living in poverty, this simulation serves as an important motivator for community members to address this problem collectively.
Participants assume the roles of family members in multiple families facing challenging but typical circumstances. Some are newly unemployed, some are homeless, and others are suddenly faced with the responsibility of raising grandchildren. The task of the “families” is to provide for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15-minute weeks. Volunteers will staff resource tables and guide the experience.
Poverty Simulation can mean different things to different participants. For resource providers, it can help them to better identify with the needs of families and individuals they serve each day. For community leaders, elected officials, and agency directors it can help them to create and implement policies and programs that address the issue of poverty with more effectiveness. For anyone, it can inspire a commitment to making a positive difference in Knox County.
To register, contact United Way of Knox County at (740) 397-5721, ext. 101 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and reservations are required by Oct. 17.
Published on October 15, 2012