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WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF…

  • You had to decide between paying your mortgage and feeding your children?
  • You lost your job and had no savings to pay your bills?
  • You needed assistance to pay your rent?
  • You lost your car and had no transportation to get to your employer?

Did you know that 18.51% of our neighbors live in poverty right here in OACAC’s 10-county service area in Southwest Missouri?

That’s well above the poverty rates for Missouri (15.48%) and the United States as a whole (15.5%), according to the U.S. Census Bureau (2014).

The impacts of poverty are serious for those affected:

Poor health

Unstable housing

Malnutrition

Missed educational opportunities

Stress on families

What Is the Poverty Simulation?

OACAC’s Poverty Simulation consists of four 15-minute sessions, each representing a week, in which participants grapple with real-life situations faced by individuals living in poverty.

The Simulation forces participants to assume the role of a low-income family and confront the realities of living on a severely restricted income.

The purpose of the Poverty Simulation is three-fold:

  • Promote poverty awareness
  • Increase understanding of the challenges faced by individuals living in poverty
  • Inspire local change to overcome the effects of poverty

VOLUNTEER

How to Volunteer for a Poverty Simulation

Are you interested in making a difference? Do you enjoy interacting with people? If so, OACAC has a volunteer opportunity for you!

We need volunteers to assist with upcoming Poverty Simulations. This opportunity is fun, enjoyable, and makes a positive impact on our community.

Training is provided and a stipend is available for income-eligible volunteers.

SCHEDULE 

Schedule a Poverty Simulation

Would you like to schedule a Poverty Simulation for your organization or business? Do you have questions about volunteering or need more information?

Please contact Meghan Visser at (417) 873-3372, or email [email protected].

DATES

Upcoming Poverty Simulations

DateTimeLocationGroup
April 183:00pm - 5:00pmDrury University Ballroom, 900 N. Benton, SpringfieldFree and open to the public. RSVP by April 9 to https://summitpovertysimulation.app.rsvpify.com/.
April 231:00pm - 3:00pm College of the OzarksEducation program
April 289:00am - 11:30amSouthwest Center for Independent LivingLeague of Women Voters
May 221:00pm - 3:15pmCox HealthMulticultural and Inclusion Day participants

VOLUNTEER TODAY

Help us build awareness and understanding of how poverty impacts our neighbors!

DONATE  TODAY

Your gift means more people get to participate in this valuable experience!