A Taste of Life in Poverty

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    United Way

    United Way and the City of Lethbridge are pleased to partner to offer an interactive learning opportunity and discussion on the subject of poverty and financial literacy.

    The Understanding the Struggle Poverty Simulation will take place on Thursday, June 16 at CASA from 9am-1pm.

    The simulation is a chance for participants to put themselves in the shoes of a low-income individual and experience their life over the course of four 15-minute “weeks”.  Participants will take on a new identity and interact with volunteers representing real-life services in order to keep their jobs, make sure their mock families are fed and navigate a system that, at times, may seem to hinder them.

    Toy props and play money are used, but the simulation is not a game. We invite those interested in taking on the challenge to register by June 14.

    Participation is limited to 80 people. Please visit the Events tab at www.lethbridgeunitedway.ca for more information and a link to registration.

    Volunteers to act as mock service providers are also needed. Please contact Connolly Tate-Mitchell at 403-327-1700 or email [email protected] to learn more.

    *BACKGROUNDER*

    United Way of Lethbridge and South Western Alberta is one of over 100 locally operating United Ways across Canada. We work to identify the causes of the most significant local issues and develop strategies to address them. We pull together the financial aid and human resources the community needs to improve the day-to-day life of individuals and families.

    Since 1941, United Way (Community Chest as it was known back then) has maintained that collective action is the best way to improving people’s lives, en-masse and long term. Our vision is for communities where everyone works as a team to make sure poverty is temporary, individuals and families live healthy lifestyles and children have the tools they need to reach their full potential.

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