Poverty Simulation

  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration Required
  • 9:30AM -12:00PM, Friday, November 8th at the YDC
    (Youth Development Center, 3 Battaile Dr, Winchester, VA 22601)


Could you survive a month in poverty?  United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley and the Virginia Cooperative Extension invite community members around the region to participate in a Poverty Simulation on Friday, November 8th, from 9:30-12:00PM at the Youth Development Center. This is the first poverty simulation to have ever been held by the Virginia Cooperative Extension in Winchester City.

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. 

The Poverty Simulation is being held in conjunction with United Way NSV’s ALICE® Awareness Week, a statewide movement that raises awareness and funding to support local ALICE programs. ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), describes the population that works, earns a paycheck, but never makes enough to reach stability. The Poverty Simulation event is being held to encourage community action and understanding of the populations that live here locally that are struggling every day.

About the Simulation: 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 experience is followed by debriefing and discussion. 

More than two dozen volunteers will staff the event in simulated community roles (e.g., mortgage/rent collectors, social services) and offer regional-specific information about poverty.  

The simulation is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Visit UnitedWayNSV.org/PovertySim to register. Groups of 25 or more should call the United Way office at (540) 536-1610.

See the event flyer here


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