FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 18, 2003
CONTACT: Carol Anderson
EMU Students Stage Sleep
Out, Nov. 19-20, to Focus on Homelessness
- Forget the comforts of home and leave all that electronic gear behind. It
will be a night to remember when Eastern Michigan University students rough
it during the eighth annual Sleep Out, Wednesday, Nov. 19. The volunteers will
sleep in cardboard boxes, using only one blanket per person, in an effort to
focus on homelessness.
The Sleep Out begins at 1 p.m. by
the kiosk near EMUs Pray-Harrold Building and wraps up Thursday, Nov.
20, at 8 a.m.
EMUs Volunteers Incorporating Service Into Our Neighborhoods (VISION) Office and the Students Against Hunger and Homelessness are sponsoring the event in observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Week, Nov. 16-22. Donationswill also be accepted.
The biggest rise in homelessness
is for young mothers and children, said Peggy Harless, EMU VISION program coordinator.
She cited the economy and lack of jobs, a transient population, the necessity
of both grandparents working and the lack of affordable childcare for creating
We hope to motivate people
to volunteer to make a change in homelessness either through the political system
or direct service, said Harless. This is really a different world
from 20-30 years ago.
VISION is part of McKenny Union
and Campus Life at Eastern Michigan University. Participants become involved
in community service and service-learning on local and national levels. For
further information, contact Peggy Harless at 734.487.3045.
Eastern Michigan University is a
public, comprehensive metropolitan university that offers programs in the arts,
sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills
and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better