Announcing The Poverty Challenge 2020

Mar 6, 2020 | Events - Foundation Hosted, Featured, Front Page 1

The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area is thrilled to partner with The Poverty Challenge to offer you this experiential learning opportunity about living in poverty and poverty reduction.

Last year’s challenge was so well received by participants (from a mix of agencies, service providers and community members) that we were encouraged to offer it again.

The Poverty Challenge – developed by a group here in Kingston in 2009 – is designed to allow those not living in poverty to experience poverty as it is, and to develop an appreciation for those who must navigate the system as it currently exists.


Poverty is a complex issue that affects thousands of people in our communities, but some of the problems that cause it to exist can be fixed.

As a participant you will fulfill one of the following roles:

  • you’ll be given a profile and a series of challenges that you’ll try to meet by seeking help from local agencies during a simulation involving real procedures and documents from community and government organizations here in Kingston. You will have to do your best to succeed by advocating for yourself and using community resources to the best of your ability.


  • you’ll be given the role of a social service worker, training and a script to follow. In this role, you will advise clients coming to your office for help.

The Challenge will conclude with small group discussions about your particular challenges, either in the role of a profile or in the role of a social service worker.  This discussion will be attended by an expert on these issues.

Who should attend: Everyone!

Whether you are a service provider, community leader, or an interested citizen, and regardless of your level of knowledge or experience, you can anticipate walking away with a different appreciation for the experience of those living in poverty.

When: Monday, April 20, 2020 EVENT POSTPONED

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Registration from 12:30 pm to 12:55 pm)

Cost: Registration is by donation

Where: Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge, 7 Earl St, Kingston, ON

Pre-registration is required. Limited number of participants.

To learn more about the Poverty Challenge visit their website

275 Ontario Street Suite #100
Kingston, ON K7K 2X5
Phone: 613.546.9696
Fax: 613.531.9238

Community Foundation for Kingston & Area