The week of Nov. 17 to Nov. 21, the entire Clayton State University family is invited to participate in a week of events and programs hosted by various student organizations, all in an effort to raise awareness about poverty and the homelessness through National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity will be on Main Street in the James M. Baker Center, accepting donations of new or clean and gently used men’s clothing items and new socks of all sizes for the Laker Care Closet. The Laker Care Closet allows Clayton State students to discreetly and anonymously get the help they need with food and clothing. Donations for the Laker Care Closet will also be collected on Friday, Nov. 21 at the Sleep-Out for the Homeless.
On Wednesday, Nov.19, the AmeriCorps National Service Organization will be hosting Service Cinema showing the documentary “Storied Streets.” This film profiles the homeless and the formerly homeless as well as the volunteers and organizations working to get people off the streets. Immediately following the documentary will be the Hot Chopics panel discussion where participants will discuss the film over cups of tasty hot chocolate.
Join us for lunch at the Lakeside Café on Thursday, Nov. 20 for Throw-Away Thursday and participate in an interactive display to highlight how much food we waste as a Clayton State community.
On Friday, Nov. 21, the week of events will continue with a Hunger Banquet in the Student Activities Center facilitated by the AmeriCorps Program. This hands-on, interactive session that allows participants to gain new perspectives on poverty and hopefully feel motivated to do something.
Immediately following the Hunger Banquet will be the Annual Sleep-Out for the Homeless. This event has quickly become one of the University’s most popular programs. Participants will sacrifice a few hours of comfort to bring awareness to the challenges faced by individuals experiencing homelessness. The evening will include guest speakers, presentations, short films, discussions and interactive activities. The Sleep-Out will take place on the Student Activities Center Green. All participants are STRONGLY encouraged to dress warmly and bring sleeping bags or blankets. Hot chocolate and access to restrooms will be provided.
The purpose of these events are for participants to gain greater empathy for people dealing with homelessness; increase their awareness of the various causes and issues associated with poverty; evaluate the role they can play in helping to improve the situation through civic engagement; and learn about resources available to assist those in need.
For additional information, contact LaShanda Hardin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Welch at email@example.com in the Department of Campus Life at (678) 466-5433.