By NCCAA, Special for US Daily Review.
Do you have what it takes to survive making minimum wage – or less?
The North Carolina Community Action Association invites you to take the Face to Face With Poverty Challenge and join them for a Poverty Simulation exercise on Thursday, June 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wake Commons Building at 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh, NC. The event is FREE and open to the public.
The Poverty Simulation is a Face to Face With Poverty training event aimed to raise awareness about the complexities of living with poverty in North Carolina. This interactive tool provides a window into the lives of North Carolina’s low-income families and the struggles they face to overcome barriers of joblessness, homelessness, crime, illiteracy, and the lack of quality childcare. The training occurs during the span of 4 hours. This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required and can be completed online at www.nccaa.net.
Sharon Goodson, executive director of NCCAA, said, “Poverty is everybody’s business. The time has come for all citizens to join together in an open dialogue regarding the impact of America’s economic crisis on our families and communities.” According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, North Carolina’s poverty rate spiked to 17.5 percent, surpassing the official national poverty level of 15.2 percent, ranking North Carolina as the 12th highest poverty state in the nation. That means, in North Carolina, more than 1.6 million children, elderly, disabled and low-income individuals are impacted by poverty. That equates to 1 in 5 women, 1 in 4 children, 1 in 4 African Americans, and 1 in 3 Latinos who don’t have access to adequate housing, health care, education, employment or resources to enjoy a decent living. Join the efforts to eradicate poverty by connecting with NCCAA online at Facebook.com/NCCommAction and twitter.com/NCCommAction