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COMMUNITY ACTION POVERTY SIMULATION

An opportunity for community members to understand the day-to- day reality of poverty, as  participants role-playing the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the simulation while interacting with various community resources staffed by low-income volunteers. From policymakers, community leaders, service providers to your friends and neighbors, participants will gain different perspectives on living near or in poverty and then discuss the potential in our community for change to “provide a decent standard of living for all mankind,” in Norman Borlaug‘s words.  These can be arranged for special groups (classes, workplaces, churches) and are offered as activities during Days of Service.