United Way of Southwest Minnesota to Offer Poverty Simulation

While difficult to comprehend, poverty is a reality for many individuals, seniors and families. On October 11th, United Way of Southwest Minnesota will host a Poverty Simulation, designed to help individuals better understand poverty by stepping into the real-life situations of others struggling with, and living in, poverty.

The event will be held at the National Guard Armory in Marshall. This is the first simulation being conducted by the United Way with plans to continue offering additional simulations in the future. Community leaders, business leaders and school administrators will be among some of the first participants. The simulation is designed to demonstrate to those who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day, the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel.

“The United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In southwest Minnesota, we focus on health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety & well-being,” said President & CEO, Marcy Heemeyer. “Through this simulation experience, our hope is that our community will better understand what it means to live in poverty, learn what resources exist locally and further develop and cultivate an environment of empathy and understanding for our friends and neighbors.”

For more information or to inquire about a future simulation, please call United Way at 507-929-2273 or email unitedway@unitedwayswmn.org.

United Way is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in people’s lives and the communities we serve in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, and portions of Cottonwood, Lac Qui Parle, Nobles, and Redwood counties of Minnesota.