The New York State Community Action Association’s statewide “Poverty to Opportunity Tour” is in Buffalo today through Wednesday, hosted by the Community Action organization of Erie County.
As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the War on Poverty, the three-day program of events highlights the impact of poverty on the people of Erie County, and promotes programs and services that are available to help them achieve self-reliance.
The anti-poverty tour began its visit with Poverty Simulation Training with 72 students participating in the CAO 21st Century Community Learning Center program at McKinley High School. Students worked through scenarios in which they must handle life’s challenges on a limited income.
The Ujima Theatre Company will present the short play, “Unheard Voices: Giving Voice Project,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the CAO-JFK Community Center, 114 Hickory St. The play, featuring three workers who tell their stories of work, poverty and homelessnes, will be followed by a discussion with the cast and with Erin Hatton, author of “The Temp Economy.” The presentation is free and open to the entire community.
Also on Tuesday, at 9 and 10 p.m. the water of Niagara Falls will honor the work of the CAO with purple lighting, for 15 minutes on each hour.
On Wednesday, local government leaders will meet for a luncheon on poverty issues in the community room of the St. Martin Village housing development.
That evening, WBBZ will host a town hall meeting on “Poverty, Progress and Opportunity,” at its studios in Eastern Hills Mall. The show will be tape recorded at 7 p.m. in front of a studio audience. Community members who would like to take part should call the CAO at 881-5150 ext. 4338.