With the giving season right around the corner, Sonoma State University is giving back to the community during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week on campus Nov. 7-9.
“Many people in our own local community struggle with hunger or lack of housing,” says Casey Elbert, a leader of campus club Join Us Making Progress (JUMP), which is organizing this event. “Raising awareness of hunger and homelessness helps get students and employees to volunteer in the community and make a difference.”
Throughout the week, donation bins will be present on the first floor of the Student Center. Members of the campus community can donate from the list of supplies JUMP has provided.
The unique banquet on Nov. 7 is designed to show SSU students the difference between a Third World and a First World dining experience.
“There are more hungry people in the world than the populations of the United States, Canada, and the European Union combined,” says Elbert. “Having this experience is important to understand and reflect how lucky most of us are not being hungry every day and how we can help people in need.”
On Nov. 6, 4-8 p.m., students will be volunteering with the Redwood Empire Food Bank and the Samuel L. Jones Hall shelter in Santa Rosa.
A blanket-making event closes out the week in the Student Center Ballrooms on Nov. 9. The blankets, made on campus by students, will be donated to shelters in Sonoma County for the winter season. A special viewing of the film, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will be a part of the blanket-making session.
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Student Center Ballrooms, 7- 9 p.m.
Hungry For Change Day of Service
Redwood Empire Food Bank 5-7 p.m. and Samuel L. Jones Shelter from 4-8 p.m.
“The Pursuit Of Happyness” Movie Viewing and Tie Blanket Making
Student Center Ballrooms, 7-9:30 p.m.