As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, people take time to consider what they’re thankful for and donate some of their time, attention and resources to those less fortunate. In the spirit of thankfulness and giving, each year the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness set aside the week prior to Thanksgiving to sponsor the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Last year during this week, more than 750 high schools, colleges, community groups and faith-based groups from cities across the United States came together to bring awareness to pressing issues: hunger and homelessness.
Here's the list of events with more details available under each event in the calendar.
Fri. Nov. 15: Community Dinner and Screening of "A Place at the Table"
5:30 Dinner, 6:30 Movie - Trinity Lutheran Church (across the street from PLU)
Sign up to volunteer with meal prep, service and clean-up here.
Dinner is free and open to all!
Mon. Nov. 18: Homelessness in Schools 1:45 - 3:30 pm in Morken 214
Tacoma Public Schools and The Rescue Mission speak about McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
Tues. Nov. 19: Feast or Famine
11:30 am - 1:30 pm - AUC in front of the Commons
Campus Ministry provides a 30 minute experience about the reality of undernourishment. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed. Nov. 20: Working for Change Panel
6:00 - 8:00 pm - AUC 133
PLU Alum share about their work in various Service Corps - Austin Goble (09), Kari Engleson Young (08), Andrea Ramirez (07), and Briana Frenchmore (13). Contact: email@example.com
Fri. Nov. 22: Community Action Poverty Simulation
3:00 - 6:00 pm - AUC CKThe opportunity to assume the role of a low income family member and use fictional scenarious to build awareness of the issues facing people in poverty. Sign up here for this transformative event! or Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat. Nov. 23: Emergency Food Network - Empty Bowls
1:00 - 3:30 pm - Charles Wright Academy Tacoma Attendees can choose from more than 1,200 bowls to purchase for the home and for holiday gifts. After purchasing bowls, guests are served a bowl of soup (in a separate bowl) donated by local chefs. Admission for Empty Bowls is FREE. Bowl prices start at $10. More info: www.efoodnet.org
6:00 - 8:00 pm - AUC 133
Community Action Poverty Simulation
During the simulation, participants are instructed to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities for themselves and their families, using resources they receive through a random assignment. Aiding in the simulation are volunteers who play the role of social service workers, bankers, school teachers, grocers, law enforcement, etc., providing a ‘community’ with whom the participants interact.
It sounds simple enough until attendees are faced with the impossible daily dilemmas that are common to the poor.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
9 am to 1 pm
Mt. Rainier Lutheran High School (old Parkland School)