Happy Fall! If you were on campus last November you are probably already aware that Tent City must be quickly approaching. If you were not here last year, you are in for a treat. As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, our Champlain Community comes together to raise funds and awareness about local hunger and homelessness. This year’s National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week falls on Nov. 12-20, and as such Tent City will be Monday, Nov. 14 through Thursday, Nov. 17. We dedicate this one week to bring attention to those in need, especially during these long, dark, and cold months.
During this week-long solidarity event, students, staff, and faculty will be participating in fundraising efforts, sleeping outside in tents in the middle of campus, attending speakers and films, eating soup-kitchen style dinners in the dining hall (thanks to Sodexo), and giving up such amenities as cell phones and showers (though you’re welcome to use internet in the Library and shower in the Gym- thanks to those staffs as well).
There is one fun and easy way to get involved: donate money to make your colleague sleep outside for one night of Tent City! Various staff and faculty members have already committed to sleeping outside on Thursday, Nov. 17 if the dollar amount they indicate is raised by that night. Members of the Center for Service will be tabling in the IDX Atrium between 11 am-1 pm every day next week through Nov. 17 and will have individual jars with each person’s name and picture on them, so drop by to make your move (aka donation). To ensure that your office mate sleeps outside you can borrow their jar from the Center for Service and bring it to your department so everyone can contribute! All of the money we raise will be donated to COTS, the Committee on Temporary Shelter in Vermont. Last year we raised more than $2,000 and I know we can do even better this year! **Plus, there is still time to sign up to have a jar (or sign up a coworker!).
We invite you to participate in as much or as little of this week as you would like. You can see the list of events below as well as the list of staff/faculty who have a fundraising jar. Please consider attending one or all of the events and encourage your students to attend!
Thank you in advance for your support and participation. Please be in touch if you have any questions or if you would like to have a fundraising jar added in your name!
Take care, Maggie Melvin, Service Coordinator, Center for Service
Tent City Events:
Monday, Nov. 14: 8:30-10pm – Veterans and Homelessness – Film/Discussion – Hauke Conf. Room
Tuesday, Nov. 15: 6-8pm – Zumbathon – World Music and Dance – Argosy Gymnasium (Admission= one can food )
Tuesday, Nov. 15: 8:30-10pm – Youth and Homelessness – Speaker Justin Verette – Hauke Conf. Room
Wednesday, Nov. 16: 8:30-10pm – Families and Homelessness – Speakers from COTS – Hauke Conf. Room
Thursday, November 17: 8:30pm-10pm – Hunger and Homelessness – Reality Bite Hunger Banquet Experience w/ Office of International Education – Hauke Conf. Room
Staff/Faculty Fundraising Jars:
Chuck Bashaw: $500
Cinse Bonino: $333
Kenzie Bruso: $250
Kyle Dodon: $100
Mike Fife: $200
Claire Giroux-Williams: $900
David Keys: $250
Dave Madonna: $300
Maggie Melvin: $200
Abby Mendenhall: $50
Kiley Phelan: $200
Sarah Potter: $300
Mark Zammuto: $18.78