United Way and NWACC to Host a Poverty Simulation

Lowell, ARK. – On April 14th, 2015 United Way NWA, in collaboration with NWACC, will host a free poverty simulation. The event will allow participants to take on the role of a family member living in poverty, and will walk them through different decisions they would have to make in that situation.

United Way NWA is committed to providing every child a pathway out of poverty. Part of helping get children out of poverty is helping the entire family succeed. The Federal Government defines poverty as a family of four living on less than $23,850 per year. There are over 40,000 families in our community that live in poverty; that’s one in four families. Even more families are classified as “near-poor”, meaning that they’re more likely to fall into poverty than remain financially stable. In Arkansas, the number of children living in poverty has increased since 2005.

The simulation is a unique interactive experience that will allow participants to begin to understand what life is like for both children and adults with limited resources and opportunities. This experience will bring together social service providers, elected officials, educators, students, and more to learn how poverty affects learning, working, and decision-making. Members of the community will leave with a better knowledge of the harsh realities of living in poverty and a desire to address the problem.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge, but participants must register beforehand atwww.unitedwaynwa.org/clip. For more information on the event, contact United Way NWA’s Marketing & Communications Manager Alexa McGriff at amcgriff@unitedwaynwa.org or 479.303.4410. On the day of the event, Alexa’s cell phone is: 479.228.3383.