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:
Missed educational opportunities
Stress on families
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:
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.
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].
|April 18||3:00pm - 5:00pm||Drury University Ballroom, 900 N. Benton, Springfield||Free and open to the public. RSVP by April 9 to https://summitpovertysimulation.app.rsvpify.com/.|
|April 23||1:00pm - 3:00pm||College of the Ozarks||Education program|
|April 28||9:00am - 11:30am||Southwest Center for Independent Living||League of Women Voters|
|May 22||1:00pm - 3:15pm||Cox Health||Multicultural and Inclusion Day participants|