Who We Are

Dive right in to this quick, inter­ac­tive pre­sen­ta­tion to learn more about us and what we do!
CoActive Connections trains organizations and groups about poverty. If you are looking to improve your services, policies and interactions with people experiencing poverty, then our training is for you! We have many options to choose from, ranging from a poverty simulation to action planning. We customize our training to fit your needs. Contact us today to talk about your options and learn more about Poverty Awareness Training.

Our Impact

In 2015, we trained over 1,100 Oregonians about poverty.
We have facilitated poverty training to educators, healthcare providers, policymakers, nonprofit employees and volunteers, students, and others.
96% of our training participants state there is a need for poverty awareness education.
"Education needs to happen before action." -Training Participant
"We get so busy living our own lives that we forget to be compassionate about people who are struggling." -Training Participant
"I think some people have a unrealistic expectation of others who live in poverty. Education is necessary to build understanding." -Training Participant
"I don't think people understand you don't have to be extremely poor to be in need." -Training Participant
"The more we understand, The more we can help." -Training Participant
"It can shift your awareness and perspective of poverty and impact the way people are treated in a community." -Training Participant
"The numbers tell the story - people are unaware of the financial reality of poverty." -Training Participant
"Many people in the community just don't know that poverty exists." -Training Participant
"It helps me understand the poverty of my students which can help me better understand and educate my students I teach." -Training Participant
"Because data shows that we have poverty and work with people every day in schools who live with it." -Training Participant
"Because people in poverty are still people." -Training Participant
"I had misconceptions about poverty. Others do, too." -Training Participant
"Many people close their eyes to the realities of poverty and don't know how to help." -Training Participant
"It's enlightening to examine those challenges. It helps us to be more empathetic." -Training Participant
"Not everyone comes from poverty, but everyone engages with people in poverty." -Training Participant
"I think everyone should be aware of how many people experience poverty and the many issues they face." -Training Participant
"I thought I was to close to poverty to learn anything but I was wrong there are many worse off than me - It is important for the community to know that poverty is REAL." -Training Participant
"Everyone in the community needs to be aware of what is going on in the area and do something to help." -Training Participant
"The need is extremely important. Nobody should be treated differently because of their economic status." -Training Participant
"Poverty does not devalue a person - we all need to be shown respect." -Training Participant
"I have strong connections with human services locally, and I was still very ignorant of the realities of poverty." -Training Participant
"Most people don't understand that hardworking families are still living in poverty." -Training Participant
"With increased understanding comes potential creative solutions." -Training Participant
"I want to change internally how I view those people that are experiencing poverty, and remember their circumstances." -Training Participant
"I want to break down my stereotyping mindset, be aware that there are more people in poverty than I know." -Training Participant
"I commit to making a conscious effort not to objectify people in poverty." -Training Participant
"I will build on it to make community changes." -Training Participant
"I definitely am going to be more understanding - help more." -Training Participant
"I know now that I do have a bias and have been judgmental at times." -Training Participant
"Towards the end of the year when I'm frustrated I want to remember what it felt like to be in these shoes." -Simulation Training Participant
"I will continue to be aware of how my assumptions & stigmas may get in the way of open mindedness." -Training Participant
"It was a good reminder to empower families - look for the strengths and help extend them." -Training Participant
"I will try not to be so judgmental and perhaps learn more about becoming a mentor or advocate." -Training Participant
"This impacted me deeply. I have family members...who are experiencing poverty and I learned that my judgment of them has not only been not - helpful, but detrimental. Thank you - Profoundly!" -Training Participant
"FINALLY, poverty was looked at in a realistic way without an allotment for judgement." -Training Participant
"I had no idea of the percentage of homeless/poverty stricken people we have - I was appalled, would really like to do more." -Training Participant
"I would love to attend again." -Training Participant
After training, 93% of participants rate their awareness of poverty as Extremely or Very Aware. Only 40% rated their awareness this highly before training.


Farewell Announcement

With grat­i­tude in our hearts, CoAc­tive Con­nec­tions is clos­ing its doors on May 25, 2017. We are so proud of the impact we have made and the rela­tion­ships we have built. We are look­ing for­ward to see­ing how our poverty train­ing has made a dif­fer­ence in your work and per­sonal lives car­ry­ing for­ward. We are so hon­ored … Continue reading Farewell Announcement

Can a tax credit reduce poverty?

Today we heard from our friends at the Ore­gon Cen­ter for Pub­lic Pol­icy (OCPP) and 211.org.  Both orga­ni­za­tions are shar­ing time sen­si­tive and crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion regard­ing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). What is the EITC, and why does it mat­ter? The EITC is a tax credit that ben­e­fits low (and mod­er­ate) income fam­i­lies when they … Continue reading Can a tax credit reduce poverty?

Extra! Extra! — Poverty simulation builds empathy

We are excited to share an arti­cle pub­lished in the Salem Weekly about our work and an upcom­ing poverty sim­u­la­tion we are facil­i­tat­ing in Salem (and Port­land)! As you can read in the arti­cle, the poverty sim­u­la­tion is a pow­er­ful edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ence for busi­nesses, ser­vice providers, com­mu­nity mem­bers and pol­icy mak­ers.  Build­ing empa­thy empow­ers us … Continue reading Extra! Extra! — Poverty simulation builds empathy

Support Poverty Education

Do you want to make a difference on poverty? Donate today to end the negative stigma of poverty. CoActive Connections also works to improve outcomes for people experiencing poverty through our training. Through training, service providers, healthcare providers, educators, and policymakers can improve their services to be more effective at addressing poverty. We are all about maximizing understanding and potential. Learn more about our work and donate today!