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The Landis Community Outreach Center’s community renewal team is organizing events to involve all members of the campus community in helping the less fortunate during Hunger and Homelessness Week Nov. 7-13.

All events are student-organized. Questions or requests for more information should be directed to the appropriate student coordinator or to Amber E. Zuber, coordinator of the Landis Center.

“As we prepare for the holiday season and the winter months, it is important for us to remember the ways in which we are fortunate,” says Zuber. “By acknowledging our own situations while gaining awareness and knowledge about the situations of others, we can work to share our resources with the communities in which we belong. Hunger and Homelessness Week provides an opportunity to learn more about the world around us, and more importantly, what we can do to contribute. We also hope to encourage students to continue to participate in their communities by getting involved in more Landis Center events.”

The week will begin with a food waste demonstration Monday. Clear plastic bags of food waste from the Farinon Center dining facility will be on display. For more information, email biology major Angie Boyd ’06 (York, Pa.).

A speaker from Safe Harbor, an Easton homeless shelter that helps residents find employment and provides temporary assistance with food and clothing, will host a brown bag event entitled “Home to Honduras” noon Friday, Nov. 11 in Interfaith Chapel, Hogg Hall. The speaker will discuss local poverty as well as global poverty, focusing on Honduras. For more information, email biology major Eugene Netupsky ’08 (New York, N.Y.).

Students will have the opportunity to deliver dinner and clothing to Philadelphia’s homeless through the Midnight Run program Saturday, Nov. 12. Volunteers will meet in the Landis Center at 1 p.m. to make lunches, and will deliver the food and clothing at 5 p.m. Return to campus is approximately 11:30 p.m. The Midnight Run is a powerful experience that demonstrates the depth and breadth of hunger and homelessness in American society. To participate, email chemistry major Laura Hagopian ’06 (Chelmsford, Mass.).

Several events will take place throughout the week. The student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is hosting a water-hauling simulation. Student volunteers may sign up in shifts any time during the week between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to haul water across the Quad for a distance representing that which some women and children have to walk to carry water for their families. EWB will have a table on the Quad to accept donations; all proceeds will benefit the water system that EWB helped design and build in Honduras. For more information, email civil engineering major Matt Verbyla ’06 (Unionville, Conn.).

Clothing for all ages will be accepted at the Landis Center 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is an opportunity for everyone on campus to take an active step toward helping the homeless. For more information, contact Hagopian.

A cardboard house will be erected in the Farinon Center to demonstrate how many of the homeless are forced to live on the streets. Statistics on homelessness will be on the face of the house to educate visitors on the problem of poverty in the U.S. For more information, contact Boyd.

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