Monday, April 8, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
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The Residence Inn by Marriott 
7 Earl Street
Kingston, ON K7L 0A5

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The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area is community inspired. We strengthen our community by connecting the generosity of donors with the energy and ideas of people and charities addressing community needs.

Together, we've been making meaningful and lasting impacts in our community since 1995.

Please visit our website for more information: www.cfka.org 


Community Foundation for Kingston & Area 

Experience poverty as it is.
Navigate the system in a real-world simulation.
Become an agent of social change.

Who should attend: Everyone!

Whether you are a service provider, community leader, or an interested citizen, and regardless of your level of knowledge or experience, you can anticipate walking away with a different appreciation for the experience of those living in poverty.  

When: Monday, April 8, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: Registration is by donation (after the event – we will explain what your donation will support at the event!)

Where: Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge, 7 Earl St, Kingston, ON

Pre-registration is required. Limited number of participants

Registration is now closed so that we may complete our planning and assign roles to ensure a great experience for participants.

Please contact us at info@cfka.org or 613.546.9696 if you have questions.  

The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area is thrilled to partner with The Poverty Challenge to offer you this experiential learning opportunity about living in poverty and poverty reduction.

The Poverty Challenge is designed to encourage those who are not living in poverty in Kingston to care about those who do.  

The Poverty Challenge has five main objectives:

1. To raise awareness in participants about the realities of poverty.
This simulation allows participants to experience something of what it is like to live in poverty, learn what agencies exist to assist people living with too little, and realise how challenging it is to navigate through these systems.

2. To raise awareness in volunteers about the realities of poverty and the social assistance system.
The volunteers at the Poverty Challenge experience the same challenges as the participants, but from the other side of the table, as they fill the role of case-workers and social service providers.

3. To provide an authentic and empowering opportunity for low- income citizens to share their stories.
The simulations in the Poverty Challenge are built around the real-life circumstances of community members. The community members are able to take part and that in some small way, their frustrations and concerns are validated by the participants.

4. To build community.
Through participation in this event, we can enhance the understanding and empathy of the participants, and the volunteers who participate. It is our belief that armed with this understanding, we are all better citizens, neighbours and friends.

5. To increase participation in poverty reduction activities.
By creating an understanding of poverty issues and empathy for people living with less, we hope that both participants and volunteers will engage more in poverty reduction activities.

To learn more about the objectives of The Poverty Challenge visit www.thepovertychallenge.org