Bridges Out of Poverty workshops can help people understand the stigmas of poverty

(Canton, OH – January 22, 2019) United Way of Greater Stark County is offering training to help individuals and organizations understand and address the unique challenges created by economic diversity.

Bridges Out of Poverty workshop curriculum is relevant to employers, educators, community organizations, social service agencies and policy-makers who want to learn more about the fundamental causes and stigmas of poverty, while helping class members learn how to help individuals and families overcome these challenges. Participants learn about the cycle of generational poverty through the examination of case studies, detailed analysis, helpful charts and mental exercises. The workshop also offers specific solutions that can be implemented in a variety of situations.

“Reducing the social costs of poverty, strengthening the workforce, and building a more prosperous and sustainable community are goals on which most communities agree,” says Adrianne Price, United Way of Greater Stark County Director of Community Impact and a workshop facilitator. “Bridges Out of Poverty workshops were developed to help employers, community organizations, social service agencies and individuals address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way. Bridges brings people from all sectors and economic classes together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes and support those who are moving out of poverty.”

Bridges Out of Poverty workshops will be held at United Way of Greater Stark County from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on the following Thursdays in 2019: February 21, April 18, June 20, August 15 and October 17. The cost of the workshop is $40, which includes snacks, drinks and materials. All workshops are open to the public and participants will have a 60-minute lunch on their own. Brown bag discussions are also available every other month starting in March to Bridges Out of Poverty training graduates in order to share successes and next steps for addressing community needs.

“Offering the Bridges Out of Poverty workshops is just one way we help break down barriers between socio-economic groups,” explains United Way of Greater Stark County President & CEO Maria Heege. “It is our job to provide useful tools for anyone interacting with people in poverty. The workshop training provides the opportunity for participants to help improve financial situations for individuals, which then benefits the entire community.”

If your business, agency or organization works with people living in poverty, a deeper understanding of their challenges and strengths can help you partner with individuals and families to create opportunities for success. You can register yourself and co-workers for the workshop date best suited for you at, or contact Robin Seemann, Director of Financial Stability Programs at 330-491-9983 or [email protected].

 About United Way of Greater Stark County
United Way of Greater Stark County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crisis. Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities in Greater Stark County. In order to live better, we must live United. For more information about United Way of Greater Stark County visit Offices are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. (330) 491-0445.