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September 28, 2017

Poverty simulation event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, in Lafayette

Reservations are required for this important community activity

Boulder County, Colo. - Poverty is a 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 $86,628 to pay for health care, transportation, food, child care, housing, taxes and the miscellaneous costs of raising a family.*

What you understand about poverty in our community will determine how you react to it, and what actions you take. To help fill that gap, the Boulder County Circles Campaign is holding a Poverty Simulation the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 21. Learn what the working poor must deal with every day.

What: Circles Campaign Poverty Simulation
When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Sister Carmen Community Center, 655 Aspen Ridge Dr., Lafayette
RSVP: Reservations required. Contact 303-441-1503 or circlesinfo@bouldercounty.org

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. 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? Can you afford healthy food for your family, if not who goes hungry?

While closing the wage gap requires access to education, training, and transitional work supports that provide real opportunities over the long term, understanding and connecting to real-life circumstances can propel a community to support other interventions and solutions for the working poor. 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 circlesinfo@bouldercounty.org.

*Colorado Children’s Campaign, 2016

Poverty Simulation Oct. 21