Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Poverty Simulation Volunteer Opportunity

Here is an important volunteer opportunity being coordinated by Ginny Telego:

I have been asked to reach out to community members to gather volunteers to assist Hillsdale Middle School with a Poverty Simulation they are putting on for teachers on Monday, August 20th. Volunteers should arrive at 11:00 am for instructions. The simulation will last from noon to 3:00pm. They need of 20 volunteers.

Volunteers will serve at resource stations that represent organizations that people experiencing poverty might interact with in their daily lives — child care, school, grocery store, bank, social services, etc. Your role will be to interact with the teachers who are role playing members of families who are struggling to make ends meet. “Family units” represented include parents and children, single parents with children, grandparents raising grandchildren (some adult family members have jobs, some trying to find work, others unable to work).

I highly recommend participating as a volunteer if you are available — it is very eye opening and can provide insight into how we can provide support and dignity to those who are struggling to keep their heads above water, especially for kids.

Additional information about the simulation can be found here:
"The Community Action Poverty Simulation breaks down stereotypes by allowing participants to step into the real life situations of others. Poverty is often portrayed as a stand-alone issue - but this simulation allows individuals to walk a month in the shoes of someone who is facing poverty and realize how complex and interconnected issues of poverty really are."
If you are available to help with this important educational program for teachers, please contact Tim Keib, Principal at Hillsdale Middle School, via e-mail at or via phone at 740-504-6935 by this Thursday, August 16th. PHONE CALLS PROBABLY ARE BEST TO REACH TIM.

Tim would be happy to talk with you if you would like more information about the simulation and would greatly appreciate it if you would share this opportunity with anyone else who you think would be interested in volunteering.

I hope you will consider helping out!

Thank you in advance,

Ginny Telego, Leadership Ashland

Monday, January 29, 2018

Having hard conversations about confederate monuments

Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 2:30pm

Eagle's Landing in the Student Center

Join presenters Dr. Susan Glisson (Ph.D. in American Studies) and Charles Tucker, the co-founders of Sustainable Equity, for an in-depth yet informal conversation about confederate statues, what they mean and communicate, and what alternatives exist. They will share their experiences from over 20 years of working to reduce inequities in the South and their realization that these fights over divisive symbols have become surrogates for the difficult discussions we're afraid to have about how to dismantle racial barriers that have been fortified over generations.