Step Up Savannah to host poverty simulation

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Hands On Savannah of the United Way of the Coastal Empire and Step Up Savannah Inc. have partnered to host "Welcome to the State of Poverty," a simulation, on Jan. 20.

The simulation is open to the public and will take place from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Savannah State University, King-Frazier Student Center, Savannah Ballroom. The simulation is one of several opportunities that is scheduled for Martin Luther King  Jr. "Week of Service".

The exercise requires groups of 35 to 75 people to assume the roles of families living in poverty. The goal of each family is to survive for one month, which takes place in four 15-minute "weeks." During this time, participants must maintain secure shelter, utilities, feed their families, make loan payments, meet living expenses such as transportation, handle unexpected emergencies, access local support services, and keep their children in school -- all while subsisting at or below the poverty level, according to Step Up Savannah.

It is open to anyone who wants to learn more about what it's like to live in poverty in the community. Participation is free but registration is required. To find out about additional MLK Week of Service opportunities, go to the Hands On Savannah website

To register for the Jan. 20 simulation at Savannah State University, contact Shawnte Tyler at 912.232.6747 or e-mail her at

To volunteer for the event or learn about other opportunities, please call Hands On Savannah, at 912.651.7725.

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