United we Read, United we Live

Community Book Read

United Way of Northwest Arkansas is inviting you to join us in the United we Read, United we Live Community Book Read. Throughout this summer members of our community will be engaging with us through reading the book $2.00 a Day, Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn Edin, Luke Shaefer. A revelatory account of poverty in America so deep that we, as a country, don’t think it exists.

$2.00 A Day, Living on Almost Nothing in America is a follows several compelling profiles of families who live on just that, $2.00 a day.  Also, a discussion guide is available to those interested in participating in the read. Luke Shaefer, one of the authors will be coming in to Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday, August 30 for an Author Event & Discussion from 5:30 – 7:30pm with the location still to be announced.

Luke Shaefer an associate professor at the University Of Michigan School Of Social Work and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and a research affiliate of the National Poverty Center.

The thing that keeps him up at night is wondering how we can make the U.S. social safety net as effective as possible at serving low-income families with children.  He has worked in both the academic and public realm.  His research has been published in such peer-reviewed academic journals as Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Social Service Review, and Monthly Labor Review, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the USDA Economic Research Service. It has been cited in such media outlets as The New York Times, National Review, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

He completed his doctoral work at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, and lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Susie and kids, Bridget and Michael.

If you are interested in participating please reach out to Christina Hinds (chinds@unitedwaynwa.org) or Denise Ratcliff (dratcliff@unitedwaynwa.org) to secure your copy of the book (based on availability) and/or receive a copy of the discussion guide.2-a-day imageWe are excited for you to join us!