We are excited to offer these events this fall. These are all part of our larger initiative that focuses on educating and equipping our community with practical tools to engage those in poverty. These events are geared not only toward nonprofits, but also businesses, educators, and any other sectors that work with those in poverty. We hope that you will join us for any number of these events and invite your staff as well!




For those of us who have never “walked in their shoes,” we probably have a hard time understanding what life is like for a person who lives in poverty. Maybe you know what poverty looks like, but do you know what it feels like? The Cost of Poverty Experience, or COPE (created by Think Tank, Inc.), is a 3-hour interactive event that offers a glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in the community.


COPE offers a snapshot of the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that are made, and the consequences that impact families every day. Throughout this experience, participants will gain practical knowledge of how to better empower those facing the trials  that poverty can bring. No matter what sector you are working in, this knowledge will help you more effectively work with those experiencing poverty.


Thursday, November 2nd | 9:00am-12:00pm | Museum Center at 5ive Points
$20 | Snacks and refreshments provided
Cost of Poverty Facilitator - Jessica Bocángel




To learn more about the Cost of Poverty Experience, click here.

To learn about the facilitator, Jessica Bocángel, visit her biography here.

Bridges Out of Poverty Lunch & Learns

Were you unable to attend the August 16th Bridges out of Poverty training? Or perhaps you attended and want to practically apply the concepts presented? These Lunch and Learns will cover the key concepts from the August training, and will give you the opportunity to collaborate on practical action steps. Sessions will be held beginning on September 5th and ending on November 15th. So bring your lunch and come ready to learn - you don't want to miss it!

All sessions are from 11:30am - 1:00pm at United Way of the Ocoee Region unless otherwise noted. 

September 5th: True Collaboration

September 19th: Customer Life Cycle and Registers of Language

Ocotober 3rd: Mental Models of Poverty, Middle Class, and Wealth

October 17th: Helping Others Build a Future Story

October 31st: Building Resources in Those We Serve

November 15th: The Importance of Relationships


Register here.




Becoming an Ally: Bridges Out of Poverty

Would you like to walk with those in poverty as they journey toward stability? Become an Ally for a time commitment of one hour a week. Join us on September 22nd and September 26th from 11:00am-1:00pm for a required training. If you'd like to be involved but can't make the training dates, contact us at

Register Here.





If you’ve ever worked with someone in poverty, you might have felt a disconnect in the way we communicate and understand one another. This training talks about underlying factors such as family dynamics and hidden social norms that largely determine the effectiveness of our work with those in poverty.


This training is part of a larger initiative that focuses on educating and equipping our community with practical tools to reach those in poverty.


Whether you are a nonprofit leader, pastor, school counselor, or judge, you will walk away with practical insights into the population you are serving. We encourage you to bring your staff, and perhaps even use this as a professional development opportunity.



Wednesday, August 16th | 8:30am - 2:30pm
$35 | Includes book
Led by Jodi Pfarr, National Speaker & Consultant

Held at Museum Center at 5ive Points


To learn more about Bridges Out of Poverty, click here.

To learn about the presenter, Jodi Pfarr, visit her biography here.