DAY OF IMPACT 2019
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 AT THE HEMMINGSON CENTER
Join us for a memorable experience. Spokane County United Way is bringing hundreds of people together in one day to experience and discuss issues our community faces around financial stability, educational opportunity gaps, and racial equity. You have the opportunity to participate in the ALICE Challenge where you will experience the financial difficulties that are real for 38% of local families. If you had the opportunity to be part of this experience in the past, please register for our NEW racial equity training and discussion forum led by United Way's Excelerate Success team.
Register, please choose one of the three options below to RSVP.
ALICE Challenge (poverty simulation)
Racial Equity Training and Discussion Forum (led by Excelerate Success)
Excelerate Success staff Michaela Brown and Lesley Crane work to ignite sustainable social and systemic change by leveraging community voice and power to identify and confront opportunity gaps. Through individual and collective transformation, they work to create learning spaces that honor the unique identities and lived experiences of every person.
Read what ALICE Challenge participants had to say last year in an article written by Avista staffer Jae Ham:
“Everyone is so frantic, and they know it’s just a simulation,” said Michael Truex, construction project manager at Avista and ‘General Employer’ in the United Way ALICE simulation. “In 15 minutes, they are returning to their normal lives. The people who actually live this don’t have that luxury.”
I was invited to observe the ALICE (asset-limited, income-constrained, employed) simulation that United Way (UW) was hosting. As the simulation was nearing its end, the tension, chaos, and distress were becoming palpable. But so was the need for community unity.