United Way of the National Capital Area Launches Region-Wide Poverty Simulation

United Way of the National Capital Area is conducting a Poverty Simulation experience on Wednesday, April 21, in honor of National Volunteer Week.


The event is free, virtual and open to all DC area residents to attend, including those in the surrounding Virginia and Maryland communities.

The one-hour Poverty Simulation is designed to enhance awareness of the challenges many of our neighbors face, who comprise the community that United Way of the National Capital Area serves—the ALICE population [Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed]. Participants navigate how a low-income family must make critical choices based on available resources to support their basic needs.

What Will Participants Gain from the Poverty Simulation?

  • Better awareness and compassion for financial barriers many people in the DC area face.
  • A chance to identify opportunities to help within your own communities and networks. For example, how can you be a better teacher, doctor, parent, etc. in regards to those living in poverty?
  • A tangible experience that is likely to stick with you in the future.

Who is ALICE?

ALICE, a United Way acronym which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities. United Way NCA uses ALICE reports as the framework for our work in improving residents’ lives and strengthening their communities. It allows us to make stronger, more efficient decisions with our funds.

About United Way NCA

United Way NCA mobilizes all sectors of the community to work together with one goal in mind – helping people live their best lives by reducing disparities and increasing equity. To learn more about UWNCA and the programs we offer, see our What We Do page.

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