• Date:  Thursday, October 18, 2018
  • Time:  12 a.m. - 4 p.m.*(light refreshments and boxed lunch will be provided)
  • Cost: Free
  • Must attend the full day
  • Parking is available on-site 

*This event requires on-site set up, so participants MUST arrive on schedule:

  • Volunteers must arrive by 11 a.m.
  • Participants should plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early

Moving from sympathy to empathy

A poverty simulation sponsored by United Way of Miami County and Miami County Systems of Care                                                                                        

Nothing can mimic the experience of living in poverty, of struggling with the decision to buy groceries or pay the rent; but the poverty simulation can give you a realistic glimpse into what many families deal every day.  Whether you are a health care provider, a social services provider, an educator, a community decision-maker, an educator, or simply a concerned neighbor, we urge you to participate in this eye-opening event.  The poverty simulation will challenge your beliefs about what poverty is and who is in poverty.  

There are two ways to take advantage of the poverty simulation: as a volunteer or as a participant.  Volunteers act as representatives of social service agencies, schools, government and business entities. Volunteers agree to give five hours of their time to the simulation.  Participants assume the role of individuals living in poverty.  As such, they are met encounter a variety of scenarios that dictate how their experience unfolds.  All attendees will analyze poverty through the prism of class, resources, family structure, and language; review poverty research; and examine stereotypes and biases.  Please be advised that the simulation is intentionally designed to create feelings of discomfort and to elicit strong emotional reactions.


We're sorry.  Volunteer registration has now closed. Please consider registering as a participant.

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