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April 27, 2018

Participate in a poverty simulation event May 12 in Longmont and you will better understand the effects of poverty in Boulder County

These three hours will open your eyes about the lives of the working poor

Boulder County, Colo. - Poverty is a very complex issue in Boulder County. While the federal poverty level is $24,300 for a family of four, that same family in Boulder County requires an annual income of more than $86,000 to pay for health care, transportation, food, child care, housing, taxes and all the other miscellaneous costs of raising a family.

Understanding about poverty in our community makes a difference in how you react to it. To help fill that knowledge gap, the Boulder County Circles Campaign is holding a Poverty Simulation on Saturday, May 12. Take three hours out of your weekend and learn what the working poor must deal with every day.

What: Circles Campaign Poverty Simulation
When: Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: United Church of Christ, 1500 9th Ave., Longmont
RSVP: Reservations required. Call 303-441-1503, or email

Participants in this dynamic, hands-on experience are given a budget to work with and then must make the hard choices required of families with limited resources. Can you afford healthy food for your family, and if not who goes hungry? What bills do you decide to pay this month? What do you do when a child or parent gets sick and you don’t have insurance?

These three hours can help you better understand the problems faced by many in our community. Three hours that can guide how you respond to poverty in Boulder County.

The event is free, but reservations are required. For more information about the event or to RSVP, contact 303-441-1503 or

Boulder County Poverty Simulation