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October 06, 2016

Make the Month Day challenges perspectives on poverty

October 6, 2016 marked the second annual National Make the Month Day!

"Make the Month is a tool that gives us insight into the barriers to success for low-income Canadians." - Todd Hirsch

Make the Month is a digital experience that simulates the difficult decisions thousands of Calgarians living in poverty must face each month. On the website, you can choose to simulate the life of a single person, single-parent family or two-parent family living at or below the poverty line. You will be given a monthly budget and make choices while you live paycheque-to-paycheque and try to make the month. 

Try Make the Month

Last year, United Way of Calgary and Area supported over 177,000 Calgarians, almost 500 a day, through United Way programs and investments. This year, Dr. Lucy Miller, President and CEO of United Way of Calgary and Area says there are concerns that demand will continue to increase and is appealing to Calgarians to support each other in the coming year. 

“Through the Make the Month poverty simulation, Calgarians are able to see what it’s like to live in poverty,” says Miller. “The simulation forces you to face the same tough choices as many individuals in our city. Choices like whether to pay for rent or groceries. These are real situations that people face every day. Anyone can be vulnerable at times and our lives are interconnected to the lives of those around us.” 

Visit to try the simulation and use #makethemonth to join the conversation!