DAY OF IMPACT 2019
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 AT THE HEMMINGSON CENTER
Spokane County United Way brought hundreds of people together in one day to experience and discuss issues our community faces around financial stability, educational opportunity gaps, and racial equity.
Attendees were divided into two experiential learning groups. One group participated in a Racial Equity Training where they “walked” through what systemic racism is and the impact it has on our community today. The other group “walked” through a poverty simulation. People experienced what it feels like to live pay check to pay check; a reality for 38% of families in our community. These families are known as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). ALICE families are often only one unexpected dilemma away from being homeless.
Thank you to our title sponsor
and premier sponsor
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.