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The Everyday Choices of Poverty

Join Us for Our 2021 MLK Day of Service

Saturday, January 16, 2021

8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Marta Sutton Weeks Center



What is it?

Every year on the third Monday of January, our nation recognizes the holiday known as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in honor of the historical black rights activist. It’s a federal holiday meant to encourage all Americans to use this as “a day on, not a day off” and volunteer in their communities.

In honor of the Day of Service, YWCA South Florida is hosting this year’s event on Saturday, January 16 at our Marta Sutton Weeks Center and virtually via Zoom, instead of the usual Monday so that more of our friends and families are able to attend.

Register for the Event Here!


What is YWCA South Florida doing this year?

We are using the month of January to talk about Economic Justice – how women and people of color are disproportionately affected by the national economy. We are kicking off this campaign by inviting our friends and families to join us for a day of learning and activating.

In partnership with United Way Miami-Dade and United Way Broward, join us as we learn about the ALICE population and what it’s like to live a day in their shoes, as the make life and financial decisions based on their economic status. Then we are encouraging guests to make a yard sign, explaining what they pledge to do in this effort until we see justice in economics.

After the event, we will be posting these signs around the community to raise awareness and to showcase what we are committing to do in order to push for a fair and just system for us all.

We hope to see you there!



What is the ALICE population?

ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, but Employed. These are the groups of people who have jobs but live paycheck to paycheck and are just above the poverty level. These people make difficult life decisions every single day because of their varying financial situations.

Courtesy of United Way Miami-Dade 2018 Report

How Can We Help?

YWCA seeks to activate our resources, partnerships, and mission to build equitable economic opportunities, to recession- and repression-proof our communities of women, and communities of color. We will be part of the civic infrastructure, shifting the capacity of prosperity to advance an inclusive economy.

We are prioritizing partnership, upskilling, certifications, and employment pipelines to create a more complete continuum of economic resilience. This may include creating more certifications driven by employer and marketplace demand, job fulfillment, career mentoring/coaching, soft skills and entrepreneur development.

Why Is This Important?

Must prepare women and people of color for better wage jobs, and drive industry self-accountable solutions in hiring them. It is time to not only speak up, but to act.