A poverty simulation is a guided experience that exposes participants to the realities of poverty, including the challenges of navigating the complex world of government services and other essential service providers. During the simulation, participants assume the roles of up to 26 different families facing poverty. The task for each family is to provide basic necessities and shelter during four 15-minute weeks, while balancing the requirements of various service providers with the realities of daily life.This interactive activity teaches participants through direct experience what it is like to live near the poverty level.
Volunteers are needed to role play various roles of businesses and community resources. For instance, a volunteer may act as the utility company collector, child care provider, healthcare nurse, police officer, social services caseworker, etc. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the simulation start time to review the role instructions. No prior experience is necessary.
To sign up to volunteer or learn more, contact Abbey McCall, Director of Volunteers & Community Relations via email at email@example.com.