The poverty simulation helps people understand the everyday realities faced by people whose incomes fall below the poverty line during an eye-opening, three-hour experience. Participants assume the roles of members of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their independence on Social Security. Each family member must seek assistance from a variety of human services and other organizations to provide for their family’s basic needs during a course of four 15-minute “weeks”. The intended result is an increased understanding of the struggles faced every day by people striving to make ends meet.
Match Madness gifts provide permanent support to charities, which helps keep their programs and services available for years to come. On March 19, all donations will be matched up to 50% to help participating organizations meet their current needs. It’s a win-win!