There are many ways to volunteer with Circles®
Become an Ally - volunteer as an “intentional friend” to a person/family in poverty. Volunteers must attend orientation prior to becoming an Ally, as well as a Bridges Workshop within 6 months of becoming an Ally.
Become a childcare volunteer
Help with weekly dinners - volunteer to cook, or clean-up after weekly Wednesday evening dinners
Other ways to get involved
Attend a Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop
This workshop is designed to assist social workers, teachers, medical staff, management and other professionals that work with people in poverty. Bridges Out of Poverty is a set of ideas and information on how to best work with, retain, and assist those in poverty as well as create a more in-depth understanding of the systemic barriers within our community that perpetuate poverty. There are several yearly Bridges Workshops which are open to the public. Our trainers are also available to provide on-site training at your facility.
Attend a Poverty Simulation
The Summit County Poverty Simulation is an out-of-your-seat interactive experience that will challenge your understanding of poverty, community services and public policy. It draws forth lively, humorous, heart-felt discussions between role-players at all economic levels. CEUs are available.
The Poverty Simulation is part of the educational/community change programming of the Bridges Out of Poverty Summit County Collaborative. The simulation is coordinated by Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority and its residents. For more information, contact 330-376-9699.