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On June 12 at Tulalip Resort Casino (10200 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, Washington), United Way of Snohomish County held its first summit, open to the community. The content-rich event was an opportunity for the community to learn more about the new work United Way is embarking on. More than 400 business leaders, nonprofit partners, community members, and legislators attended the Spirit Summit, which featured Ascend at the Aspen Institute as the keynote speaker. The event officially launched the brand for this exciting work and attendees congratulated the winners of the Roger Bouck and Reeves/Sievers Founders’ awards. Following breakfast, we held two interactive sessions: A more in-depth 2-Gen training workshop with Aspen Institute for potential collaborative partners, and an evolved poverty simulation for community partners to experience how this collaborative work can help families in Snohomish County. See photos from the event and view keynote speaker Marjorie Sim’s presentation here.



Through a partnership with Skagit Community Action, United Way hosts poverty simulations for the community using the Cost of Poverty Experience Simulation (COPES). This is a half-day workshop where participants experience a month in the life of a family with young children (birth-8) experiencing poverty, both situational and generational. Past participants have reported gaining a deeper understanding of the complexity of poverty and have gone on to facilitate change in their own work, including within city government, schools, and community based organizations, to address needs and create opportunities.