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Opportunity Details

CirclesRVA Poverty Simulation

Could you survive a month in poverty? 

Join Circles RVA as we conduct the Community Action Poverty Simulation in order to build awareness of the challenges and decrease misconceptions of living in poverty. 

What is a Poverty Simulation and what will I be doing during the simulation? 

Nearly 60,000 Richmonders live in poverty every day. Many more have incomes above the poverty line, but their incomes are still low enough to qualify for programs like Food Stamps and Medicaid. It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day – the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel. That is why we are inviting you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in the highly celebrated/ Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS).

The simulation provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15-minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which you must provide for your family and maintain your home. As one participant commented, "This poverty simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth 'that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!'"

Good to Know: 

  • Please register by December 3.
  • A light meal will be provided
  • Childcare will be available for children under the age of 12 
  • Children over the age of 12 who come with their families are welcome to participate in the simulation. We do request that you register your child if he/she will be attending as a participant - you can register as a TEAM.
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Civic & Community
Families, Homeless, Low-income communities, People with Disabilities, People with Health-Based Concerns, Military/Veterans, Offenders/Ex-offenders

Age Minimum (with Adult): 12+, Minimum Age:16+

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