Registration Open for United Way Poverty Simulation

MANKATO—Could you survive a month in poverty?


Greater Mankato Area United Way invites community members to participate in its Poverty Simulation from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at the Mankato Public Safety Center (710 S. Front St., Mankato, third floor).


The simulation is free and open to the public.


Registration is required. Visit Groups of 25 or more should call the United Way office at 507-345-4551.


Poverty is a concerning issue in our region. It can be difficult to understand the situations that families in poverty face every day, including the fear, frustration and stress.


“We hope this event brings awareness and ultimately ignites real social change,” said Community Impact Director Elizabeth Harstad.


About the Simulation:

In the Poverty Simulation, participants assume the roles of low-income family members living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15-minute sessions, each representing one week in which participants must provide for their family and maintain their home. The experience is followed by debriefing and discussion.


More than two dozen volunteers from local nonprofits will staff the event in simulated community roles (e.g., mortgage/rent collectors, social services) and offer regional-specific information about poverty.


United Way has held two previous simulations for area organizations. This is the first time the simulation is open to the public. Local participants have called the experience “realistic” and “an eye-opener.” Others added that it helped put the challenges and stresses of poverty in perspective.


Click here for the Facebook album of previous simulations.


About Greater Mankato Area United Way:
One of the goals of United Way is to convene the community. By identifying community issues and facilitating action around them, United Way aims to build a better tomorrow for all ages in our region.


--September 5, 2017