With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this is a time to be grateful for everything we have and to give and share with those who are less fortunate. In this spirit, the Centre College community will hold its annual Poverty and Homelessness Week, Nov. 13-18, to help bring awareness and combat these issues on a local, state, national and international scale.
“This series of events is designed to address different areas of poverty and homeless that people don’t often consider or that are often ignored, that also work to bring together different groups across campus in a common goal,” said Hannah Gibbs ’19, president of STAND, the Student Service Initiative at Centre.
According to Gibbs, this is an important week to the College because it brings the campus community together to engage with these important issues.
“Poverty and Homelessness Week serves not only as a conversation starter, but if it is effective, it can also serve as a prerogative for Centre as a community and institution to try and combat these issues as best we can,” she added.
Throughout the entire week, the events offered, from the Hygiene Product Drive to the Box Sleep Out, provide unique and deliberate opportunities to educate and engage students, faculty and staff.
“People can look forward to the chance to make a real difference if they are willing to reach out and take that chance,” Gibbs said.
A main focus of the week this year is to raise funds for the Myaing Gyi Ngu Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Myanmar. The goal is to raise $5,000.
Students are also encouraged to donate their Friday night meal swipe to raise money for IDP and not swipe into Cowan on Friday, Nov. 17 for dinner.
Poverty and Homelessness Week events:
Stand’s Annual Hygiene Product Drive
Monday, Nov. 13 through Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m.
• Campus collection will be in the Campus Center and major academic buildings, and there will also be a Cowan table with more information.
• Donations of hygiene products from both campus and the community will be collected on Saturday, Nov. 18 beginning at noon.
• Donations will be split between the Isaiah House Recovery Clinic and New Hope Food Pantry.
Kuumba Lynx Performance Convocation: sponsored by Centre Peace, CARE, the Religious Life Office, SGA, SAC
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. in Newlin Hall in the Norton Center for the Arts
• Kuumba Lynx is an action center in Chicago that provides educational and engagement opportunities to members of the community, particularly children.
• The convocation will be focused on urban poverty and violence in Chicago and ways these issues are being addressed.
Internally Displaced Persons Dinner: sponsored by The Bonner Program and Global Citizenship Office
Thursday, Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m. in the Ewen Room in the Campus Center
• Featuring guests from the Karen Myanmar Refugee community in Louisville who will be preparing food based on the realities of living in an IDP camp.
• Those attending will be given various scenarios based on the experiences of those in an IDP camp.
Alpha Phi Omega Presents: Box Sleep Out
Friday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 18
• Box Sleep Out is an annual event held on the Campus Center lawn to raise awareness and promote activism for poverty and homelessness.
• Events include a poverty and homelessness walk through Danville, guest speakers on various topics, a budget simulation and more.
• All members of the campus community are invited to attend, volunteer and participate in the event.
• Members staying out all night (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) are collecting sponsors for the Myaing Gyi Ngu IDP Camp.
by Kerry Steinhofer
November 10, 2017