Mahatma Ghandhi encouraged us to make a difference. But do we know how? Are we equipped to make a positive change? Do we listen and react to the needs in our community? Or do we think we know how to best help everyone?
A unique opportunity is coming to McKinney that will surely increase their awareness and compassion. Community Lifeline Center (CLC) is offering a glimpse into a lessprivileged life than many of us lead or have ever led. From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, participants will gather at Dyer Hall, First United Methodist Church of McKinney, for an immersive, experiential activity, the Poverty Survival Challenge.
Mayor Brian Loughmiller has issued a Proclamation designating Sept 19, 2013 as “Poverty Education Day” in McKinney.
“I encourage participation in these kinds of events, because if we all are involved in outreach together it makes our community a better place to live. This is an opportunity to motivate our corporate and private citizens to step in, and do the philanthropic work that that is not a core function of government,” Loughmiller said.
The proclamation states that 8.5% of McKinney residents live below the poverty level. But poverty is not always a constant, often it is situational. That is where Community Lifeline gets involved. “CLC assists people of all income levels, but are experiencing a crisis in their financial stability. Poverty is not a generic term, it is much more diverse than one might think.”
Participants will role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on a fixed income. The task of each family is to maintain food, shelter, and other basic necessitiies during the simulation. Although it uses “play” money and other props, fictional scenarios and time limits, this activity is not a game. It is a simulation tool that enables participants to view poverty from different angles in an experiential setting.
Story submitted by Jaymie Pedigo