United Way to Host Poverty Simulation on March 28

MANKATO—Could you survive a month in poverty?


This is the question United Way will ask community members and business leaders during its Poverty Simulation from 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 at the Mankato Public Safety Center (710 S. Front St., Mankato, third floor).


This simulation is not open to the public, but media are invited.


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.


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 participants of this United Way Poverty Simulation will be United Way board members, Emerging Leaders United group members, and Tocqueville Society members.


Approximately 30 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.


This is the first time United Way is offering the Poverty Simulation. United Way plans to hold the simulation for other community groups throughout the year.


--March 6, 2017