Annual Poverty Summit: From Poverty to Possibilities


Our From Poverty to Possibilities event is part of a series of community conversations that have been gaining momentum over the past few years. It was our largest event of its kind and the depth and scope will hopefully kick off the first of many more conversations - that move far beyond talk into action!








From Poverty to Possibilities is Pierce County’s signature community summit that takes on barriers to economic equity. This year's Summit will focus on disrupting poverty by exploring the intersections of trauma, equity, and resilience.

United Way of Pierce County is pleased to announce that Wendy Ellis, DrPH, MPH, will keynote this year’s Summit. Dr. Ellis is the Director of the Center for Community Resilience at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. The Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative and networks are implementing the BCR process -- a strategic approach for cross-sector partners to align resources, programs and initiatives with community-based efforts to address adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments -- or "The Pair of ACEs". 

Dr. Ellis has spent the last decade developing and working to grow a 'resilience movement' to address systemic inequities that contribute to social and health disparities often transmitted in families from generation to generation.


 2020 From Poverty To Possibilities Speakers 

Over 200 community leaders attend this event, which will be virtual this year and we hope you'll join us. 'Pitch to Ditch Poverty' challenge will return for a 2nd year. 


Who: United Way of Pierce County

What: From Poverty to Possibilities

When: November 10, 2020, 8 a.m. - noon

Where: This is a virtual event

Register in advance for this meeting:…

For sponsorship information, contact Emily Mendez-Bryant at

For event information, contact Norinda Rosario Yancey,




2020 Pitch to Ditch Poverty Challenge

Welcome to our second Pitch to Ditch Poverty contest.  This year we want the contest to lift up and highlight those big ideas that help mitigate the racial and social inequities that are so evident today, as well as those ideas that address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in our communities.

Pitch to Ditch Poverty originated from the realization that our communities are full of groups and individuals with big ideas to address the challenges in their communities. This contest recognizes that groups and individuals impacted by our communities’ challenges also have the knowledge and lived experiences that best equip them to visualize and implement community-based solutions to those challenges. 

The Pitch to Ditch Poverty challenge provides funding, support, and recognition to individuals and community-led groups who have big ideas and projects that address the racial and social injustices that disproportionately impact individuals in poverty.

Your big ideas must be designed in collaboration with the people who will use and be impacted by the initiative. There’s no better way to understand the hopes and aspirations of those you are designing for than by involving them directly in bringing that initiative to life! In addition, your ideas must consider diversity, equity, and inclusion in the decision-making process to help remove disparities among groups for the best possible solutions.

The committee will select up to three winners who will receive grant awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.

2020 Pitch to Ditch Finalists


2019 Pitch to Ditch Recipients


Historical Poverty to Possibilities Information