Denison Students Raise Awareness on Issues of Local Poverty
Date of Event: November 10, 2008
Posted: November 7, 2008 / Last Updated: November 12, 2008
During the week of Nov. 10-14, Denison University students are participating in a series of events raising awareness and action on issues of poverty in Licking County. Nine events over five days will center on the theme “Hunger: Consuming Your Budget,” inviting students to participate in a variety of service projects benefiting low-income residents of Licking County.
The week will begin Monday, Nov. 10, with a Hunger Banquet simulating poverty, followed by a “Knit-In” on Tuesday, Nov. 11, making winter clothing items for Licking County agencies. On Wednesday, Nov. 12, students will conduct a canned food drive for Licking County food pantries and assist with a Habitat for Humanity project in Newark. On Thurs., Nov. 13, students will assemble sleeping bags out of plastic bags and recycled newspapers for donation to homeless Licking County residents. The week concludes Friday, Nov. 14, with a PB&J drive, making 500 sack lunches for distribution by students to low-income Licking County residents.
“While one small group of students planned the week’s events,” says Betsy Fisher, Chair of Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week, “we’re working with 10 other organizations on campus, ranging from our food service providers, to the Black Student Union, to the recycling organization on campus. Furthermore, we’re donating supplies to a half dozen agencies in Licking County that serve low-income residents. We’re hoping to involve at least a quarter of our student body — more than 500 students.”
Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week is sponsored by the Denison Community Association (DCA), Denison’s umbrella volunteer organization. Denison’s largest club, DCA consists of 500 students in 24 student-led committees performing direct service in Licking County. For more information on DCA’s activities during the week, please visit the Homelessness and Hunger Web site.
If you would like more information on Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week or the Denison Community Association, or to schedule an interview, please contact Betsy Fisher at email@example.com or 419-705-3459.
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