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The Cost of Poverty Experience - Learning & Participation Opportunity

By Heidi Shirley-Hawes in Mercy Project 12 months ago | 916 views Link:

We need about 11 more people to help with a poverty simulation called Cost of Poverty Experience or C.O.P.E.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Volunteer orientation begins at 8am. Simulation is from 9-12

WHERE: Midwest Food Bank (725 E. Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85233)

WHAT IS IT: COPE TM is a poverty simulation which allows you to give others a glimpse into the life of low-income persons living in your community. Poverty is an epidemic in the United States affecting an estimated 46 million Americans – with 22% of them being under the age of 18.

For many Americans, the thoughts of poverty are fleeting, just something that happens to other people who donʼt want to work, who have made poor choices and who manipulate the system.  The Cost of Poverty Experience TM gives people a chance to see for themselves the difficulties that low-income Americans face daily. COPE TM represents the lives of 15 families who have graciously given their story so that people across the country can be exposed to real people, real situations and real barriers that exist.

Click here to watch a short video:

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?   Your job in the poverty simulation will be to “role-play” or simulate interactions with participants. For example, if you are volunteering at the “Bank & Loan” station, participants will approach you to cash a check or take out a loan. Then, you would direct them to fill out the appropriate paperwork. Itʼs easy, and weʼll fully instruct you
during the orientation immediately before the simulation.

Optionally, we could also use help moving tables and chairs to prepare for a luncheon immediately following. All volunteers are invited to join us for the CarePortal lunch and launch from 12-1.

Participating COPE TM volunteers will participate at one of the following resource stations:

Bank & Loan

Community Services

County Human Services

Court & Probation

Faith Center

Family Wellness Center

Gas Stop

Homeless Shelter

Mega Mart

Minimum Wage Employer

Pawn Shop

Police & Jail

Rental & Mortgage


Illegal Activities

MORE ABOUT CAREPORTAL: If youʼre unfamiliar with CarePortal and would like to learn more about churches are being connected to vulnerable families in their community, watch the video:

HOW DO I SIGN UP? To sign up as a volunteer for the COPE TM simulation on Wed, Oct. 18 from 8-12, please email the organizer:

I’ll be there! :) Heidi

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