MOUNT VERNON — Community members and volunteers had the opportunity to experience poverty as a part of the Live United Campaign Kick Off Week with the United Way of Knox County and The Salvation Army on Thursday morning.
Lisa Rutter of the United Way of Knox County along with Jen Odenweller have been trained by Dustin Speakman to run poverty simulations in communities around central Ohio. Community members had the chance to live in poverty for one month, as there were a total of 15 “families” where each person had a role to play. Each person had their own priorities, whether it was getting a job, or visiting the bank. Volunteers had the task of running their “community” to meet the demands of the customer, and had their own guidelines about what they could and could not do.
Lashawn Small of the United Way of Knox County was a volunteer in the poverty simulation.
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