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Poverty Simulation Volunteers Needed


“The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. While it is very fun, it is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people.”
 
Date: November 15th
Time: 5:00pm- 7pm
Volunteer needs to be available at 4:15 pm for briefing
Event Sponsored by The office of Diversity Affairs and LASA (Latin American Student Association) Club  
 
If you would like to participate here is how:
Be a volunteer to play a community role member or/ participate in the simulation
RSVP with Erica Acosta or if you need more information, please let Erica know. Erica.acosta@wilkes.edu 

The following staffers are essential:
Police officer
Utility collector
Pawnbroker
Grocer
Mortgage/Rent collector
Quick Cash manager
Two social service caseworkers, a social service receptionist,
Community Action worker (worker should be someone who has had real-life experience in this role)
Employer
Child care worker
Schoolteacher
Faith based agency staffer
Bank/loan collector.
The caseworkers will need to have some command of pertinent facts and information. Familiarity or experience with a local social service office is highly desirable.
 
Student Need: 30-80 student participants
 
Commitment of time:
 
The experience lasts about two and a half to three hours. It includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing period in which participants and volunteer staffers share their feelings and experiences and talk about what they have learned about the lives of people in poverty.


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