Mount Union Students Participate in Homeless in the Quad 2003
October 29, 2003
Mount Union College students had the opportunity to experience first hand what it is like to be homeless by participating in Homeless in the Quad 2003. The event was held on Friday, October 24 to Saturday, October 25 from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. It was co-sponsored by the Religious Life Council (RLC) and the Mount Union chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Students built their own shelters, using similar materials that would be readily available to the homeless, to sleep in that night.
"The appliance companies in Alliance are great about saving boxes for us and we set them all up on bricks around campus," said Carly Swab, student coordinator of Homeless in the Quad. "It really is a lot of fun and a great experience."
The shelters were left up for the rest of the week, accompanied by statistics on homelessness, in an effort to attract sponsors to make monetary donations that will benefit the Alliance chapter of Habitat for Humanity to fund their spring break service trip.
All RLC organizations on campus were encouraged to participate in the event. If they did not want to sleep out, they could help by cleaning up, building a shelter, picking up boxes or donating food. During the event, the participants collected nearly 150 cans of food, all donated to the homeless shelter in Alliance.
"The participants get an education about the homeless in Alliance and their needs in the community," said Reverend Marty CashBurless, chaplain of Mount Union College. "It's an interesting experience, and the students also get to know each other better."