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Poverty is a reality for many in our community, including children and families. In fact, one in seven people in Larimer County live in poverty.
Living in poverty means there is not enough money for the basics of a healthy life, which results in difficult economic choices. Individuals and families living in poverty often must choose between shelter and medicine, nutritious food and transportation, or childcare and employment opportunities.
Children born into poverty or living in poverty face significant barriers to graduating from high school and breaking the cycle of poverty for a future of promise and opportunity.
Reducing poverty in Larimer County is a complex issue that requires a holistic, collaborative, coordinated solution. No one person or organization can do it alone. That’s why United Way is building a collective movement of people and organizations to tackle this complex issue of poverty in Larimer County.
United Way and our partners set a big and audacious goal to serve as a catalyst for action and collaboration around the growing issue of poverty in our community:
Reducing poverty is more than just helping our neighbors in need. We’re all connected. We’re all in this together. When any part of our community is struggling, it affects all of us. We all win when a local child succeeds in school and when a parent can build a better future for his children.
You can be part of the growing movement to reduce poverty in Larimer County. Join us and be part of the change.
Learn more about poverty in Larimer County, including how poverty is measured and the difference between poverty and self-sufficiency, with our Quick Guide: Poverty.
Do you want to understand more about the challenges facing local children and families in poverty? Consider hosting or participating in a poverty simulation, a powerful role-playing experience that increase knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of poverty and the work it takes to achieve self-sufficiency.
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