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Wealth Of Hardship: Cayuga County’s Growing Poverty Problem

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May 11-16: Poverty Series

We are supporting an enterprise effort by The Citizen to undertake comprehensive multi-media coverage of poverty here in our community. Please participate in online polling and forums during this period.

May 14, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm : Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency Ribbon Cutting, Open House & Speakout Join us as we celebrate our recent move to 89 York Street, Auburn NY and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty! This event will include tours of our new facility, light refreshments, and a brief program including proclamation and customer speakouts. The Agency relocated Site I, Site IV, and Site V offices housing Domestic Violence Services, Energy Services, Healthy Families Cayuga/Seneca Program and Administration, and will soon be relocating Family Development including the Food Pantry. The move will make it easier for many of our customers to access the broad scope of services we offer, enhances service delivery and intra-departmental collaboration, and fulfils a long-term goal of the Agency.

May 15, 9 am – 11 am: Cayuga County Community-Wide Poverty Simulation The Cayuga County Community-Wide Poverty Simulation will be held at the West Middle School Gymnasium, and will provide participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15-minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which you must provide for your family and maintain your home.  By the end of the Simulation, you will have a deeper understanding of the classic struggles of the poor, you will be able to better empathize with people living in poverty, and you will learn how you can help solve this pervasive social problem. The Cayuga County Community-Wide Poverty Simulation is a partnership project between the Auburn Enlarged City School District, Auburn United Methodist Church, Booker T. Washington Community Center, Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Cosentino Florist, Harriet Tubman Center for Justice & Peace, New York State Community Action Agency, Partnership for Results,  Rescue Mission and St. Alphonsus Food Pantry. This event is free to participants. Register for the Poverty Simulation.

May 16 @ 1 pm & 8 pm, May 17 @ 8 pm: American Winter Film Screening Don’t miss this eye-opening documentary at Auburn Public Theater; $5 advanced tickets are available online, $6 at the door. Produced and directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers, Joe and Harry Gantz, American Winter is a documentary feature film that follows the personal stories of families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Years after the recession began, millions of families are struggling to meet their basic needs, and many formerly middle class families are finding themselves in financial crisis, and needing assistance for the first time in their lives.  Meanwhile, the social safety net that was created to help people in difficult times has been weakened by massive budget cuts, creating a perfect storm of greater need and fewer resources to help families in trouble.  Filmed over the course of one winter in Portland, Oregon, American Winter presents an intimate and emotionally evocative snapshot of the state of our economy as it is playing out in many American families.

May 18, 11 am – ?: Abate of Cayuga County Ride for a Cause Join this motorcycle group on a thrilling ride through the Fingerlakes to raise awareness of hunger here in our community. Bikers will meet at the Ukranian National Club, 125 Washington Street in Auburn at 11 am and depart at noon. Registration fee includes donated non-perishable food items, and will benefit the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency food pantry.   

May 21, 10 am – 3 pm: Community-Wide Bridges Out of Poverty Training: Strategies for Professionals and Communities, $15 per person includes lunch and training materials! Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc. presents Community-Wide Bridges Out of Poverty Training, to be held at Springside Inn on May 21. The Agency has secured a nationally recognized speaker, Prudence Pease of aha! Process, to deliver this training. Ms. Pease has trained over 5,000 individuals in Bridges work. She is a compelling speaker who has lived through poverty; her story is extremely powerful. The training provides a comprehensive approach to understanding the dynamics that cause and maintain poverty from the individual to the systemic level. Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to prevent, reduce, and alleviate poverty. Participants will review poverty research, examine a theory of change, and analyze poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure, and language. Throughout the training, participants will receive specific strategies for improving outcomes for people living in poverty, but the focus will be to provide a broad overview of concepts.REGISTER TODAYA limited number of scholarships are available for those in need. Thank You to Our Sponsors: Allyn Foundation/Welch Allyn Employees, Kiwanis Club of Auburn, Springside Inn and Walmart.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Human Service, Human Resource, Criminal Justice, and Health Care Professionals; Media; Business and Community Leaders; Elected Officials; School District Administrators, Educators and Students.