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Two Volunteer* Opportunities for Students

If you’re a Public Health or Social Work student or just interested in finding out what it’s like to serve your community please consider volunteering for these special up-coming opportunities.

The first is a chance to learn what it’s like to be a person living in poverty and navigating the public health system.  The second is a late-night air-sampling project sponsored by the Fulton County Smoke Free Initiative.

“The State of Poverty and Public Health”; A Poverty Simulation Experience
The poverty simulation work-shop is designed to help participants understand what it might be like to live in a typical low income family trying to survive month to month and navigate the public health system.  This sensitivity training workshop focuses on meeting challenges of daily life when living in poverty (e.g. bureaucracy, low income, high financial demands, public transportation, poor customer service in social service/public health settings).  The event takes place at the GSU Student Center Ballroom and will be facilitated by the Georgia Public Health Training Center.  Register online at or contact Sarah Boos at with questions.  Volunteers are also needed to staff the event.

Two sessions are being offered:
Monday, April 30th 2012, 5 PM to 8 PM
Tuesday, May 1st 2012, 1 PM to 4 PM

Air-Sampling Project, aka “Bar-Hopping for Science”
This project involves strapping on a portable air-sampling machine and going to different bars and restaurants in Fulton County establishments that allow smoking. Participants will be trained with the equipment and then sent out in teams of four and asked to go to approximately five venues throughout the night from about 8 pm to 1 am.  This project is tentatively scheduled for May 18th.

Learn more about volunteering through the Library collection:

For more information about either of these projects contact Pam Buckmaster, MPH at 404-966-2375.

*“Volunteer:  A person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking” (i.e. no pay).