walk a mile in my shoes
Encourage your congregation to carry the message of compassion beyond the sermon and into the community through volunteer service or into the work place through family-friendly policies. See please explore our ‘For Employers’ section of our website.
There are many hands-on activities that can help people understand the broader issues surrounding poverty and spread the message of dignity and compassion.
Food Stamp Challenge
The SNAP Challenge gives participants a view of the struggle to obtain adequate food that is faced by millions of low-income Americans. By living on the average food stamp benefit for one week, participants find themselves forced to make food shopping choices on a limited budget, and learn how difficult it is to avoid hunger, afford nutritious foods, and stay healthy without adequate resources.
Playing at being poor might seem offensively useless. But it can serve a purpose. Click here for observations on the experience from your Congressional Representatives. Click here for resources to start your own Challenge.
Check out www.playspent.org and see if you can make it to the end of the month!
Souper Bowl Sunday
Souper Bowl of Caring is youth across the nation working to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl football game.
In the weeks leading up to or on Super Bowl Sunday, young people take up a collection (many use a soup pot), asking for one dollar or one item of food for people in need. They give 100% of their donation directly to the local hunger-relief charity of their choice. Click here to find out more!
Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week
Each year, one week before Thanksgiving, National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness co-sponsor National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. During this week, a number of schools, communities and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness.
The Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties have several activities to support these awareness efforts. Please see how you can coordinate your work with others to bring even more awareness.
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This is an effective way to teach while keeping people engaged at the same time. Let the film do the talking for you. We can help you with the post viewing sample questions, follow up fact sheets or action ideas. Please note, some of the movie ideas listed below have unrealistically happy endings and is worth discussing with audiences. The movies listed are not necessarily an endorsement or fully reflect the views of Together, but as a starting point for you. Please conduct your own research.
Exploring the question of whether it’s possible to eat healthfully on government food stamps, filmmaker Yoav Potash and his nutrition educator wife, Shira, do their best to make healthy choices at the market and stay within a dollar-a-meal budget. Click here to learn more.
Take It From Me
As shown in the experiences of several women and their families, the new welfare system, with its recent controversial reforms, may make it easier to ignore rather than confront the complexities of poverty amidst plentitude. Click here to learn more.
Pursuit of Happyness
A man struggled as a salesman while his wife worked double shifts to support the family including their young son. He is determined to fulfill his dream of becoming a stockbroker even after his wife leaves them, and he is desperately trying to raise his son, which becomes more daunting by the day. Together, father and son struggle through homelessness, jail time, tax seizure and the overall punishing despair in a quest that would make him a respected millionaire. Click here to learn more.
A reporter runs into a skid row schizophrenic street musician, who possesses extraordinary talent – even though he only has half-broken instruments to play. Together they face the larger issues of social injustice facing the homeless. Click here to learn more.
Crossing the American Crises
In the wake of the 2008 financial collapse, the filmmakers took to the road to get a handle on the mood of the country, interviewing Americans of various backgrounds. In 2010, they resumed their travels to learn that, despite the heralded end of the recession, conditions had not improved. Includes interviews with activists who advocate combating economic decline with social action. Click here to learn more.