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Event Brings Service Agencies Together To Share How Nebraska Serves the ‘Working Poor'

NickelDimedThe Doane community and Crete-area residents will have the chance to learn "How Nebraska Serves the Working Poor or Homeless" during a panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 29 which brings together representatives of five area service agencies.

The discussion begins at 7 p.m. in Heckman Auditorium and includes representatives of Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach, the Friendship Home, Food Bank of Lincoln, Clinic With A Heart and Nebraska Appleseed.

Audience members will learn who Nebraska's working poor are and gain an increased understanding of the impact of the current recession on the agencies that serve them. The discussion may also highlight volunteer or career opportunities in service organizations.

For students enrolled in Doane's Liberal Arts Seminar, the evening will build on classroom discussions of their common book "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America." Written by an undercover journalist, the book investigates the impact of the 1996 welfare reform on the "working poor" in America, highlighting many of the difficulties people have in working jobs that pay low wages.

The Liberal Arts Seminar courses introduce students to college-level writing, discussion, critical thinking and critical reading. Students reflect on a common book, learn to work collaboratively and gain an appreciation for multiple perspectives.

The Oct. 29 event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Kay Hagler, professor of special education, at 402.826.8208 or kay.hegler@doane.edu.