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LACSI PORTAL Community Outreach



PORTAL unites faculty, students, advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, policy makers and other stakeholders committed to researching and addressing the systemic issues that impact the U.S. Latino community’s ability to meet their needs, achieve self-sufficiency and exercise their inalienable human and civil rights.

We do this by facilitating sustainable multidisciplinary collaborations in research, education, and public service and outreach.

In 2015 PORTAL began the first-ever comprehensive needs assessment of the Hispanic/Latino community in Athens-Clarke County. The goal of the project is to identify this community’s biggest needs and the barriers that prevent them from accessing existing education, public transportation, healthcare, immigration, language and other basic services. Quantitative data is currently being collected using a 50-question bilingual survey, and focus groups in summer 2016  will provide complementing qualitative data. The final report will be shared with local and regional service providers and advocates, to help them enhance or create programs, services or policies relevant to our community.


We are seeking volunteers to help us administer surveys between now and April 2016.  The role is as follows:


·       Volunteers will receive copies of a bilingual survey to administer surveys to adult Latinos at local flea markets, community events, soccer matches, community centers, etc.

·       Volunteers will be trained on how to conduct a confidential interview.

·       Strong spoken and written Spanish-language skills are required.

·       Volunteer coordinator will keep volunteers aware of potential data collection sites/events. However, volunteers will mostly administer the surveys on their own time, potentially on weekend and evening hours.

·       Average commitment: 7-10 hours/semester.

·       No limit on number of volunteers.

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