United Way Set to Host Poverty Simulation


United Way of Logan County is presenting another Poverty Simulation on Wednesday, September 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilliker YMCA in Bellefontaine (300 Sloan Blvd).

You’re invited to join them for an unforgettable, interactive session as they put on Think Tank, Inc.’s  “Cost of Poverty Experience.”

“We are primarily conducting this one as the initiation for our new Student United Way group of high school juniors and seniors, but we have additional spaces that we can open up for other agencies and the general public,” said Dave Bezusko, United Way Executive Director.

United Way hosts these simulations from time to time to raise awareness about the impact poverty has on everyone in Logan County, whether one lives in poverty or not.

10 percent of Logan County families live in poverty, (defined by the Federal Government as a household of four earning $30,000 or less).

However, studies show that an additional 25 percent of the Logan County population does not make enough to consistently make ends meet each month.

Bezusko says that if you interact with the poor in your work or volunteer roles, the Cost of Poverty Experience will give you new insights to help you in your service.

He said participants typically express that their eyes are opened to the challenges and choices families in poverty face on a daily basis.

“This immersive poverty simulation is incredibly interactive,” he said.  “ You will be engaged physically, mentally, and emotionally.”

Cost is free to attend, but space is limited and advance registration is required.

Register online at www.uwlogan.org or call United Way at (937) 592-2886 to reserve your spots.

United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in Logan County.

It does so by facilitating successful agency partnerships that enable a safe, healthy, and caring community.

More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with businesses, non-profits, government, and civic organizations to help meet the social service needs of the community.