University of Lynchburg students, staff and faculty teamed up during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in November and raised more than $2,700 for those less fortunate.
Solidarity Sleepers, a weeklong sleep-out orchestrated by Angela Massino ’11, raised more than $2,000 to be divided between Miriam’s House and Gateway, two local homeless programs. Twenty-three students and seven staff spent a combined total of 875 hours sleeping outside, mostly in the rain.
Walk for Women, organized by Carolyn Walsh ’10, raised $270 and had 30 participants. The money will help Miriam’s House, YWCA, the Sexual Assault Response Program, Ygyrls, and the City of Joy Center of Refuge for Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Food Fight Stop Hunger Now Benefit Concert packaged 20,000 meals for the hungry overseas with 80 students from University of Lynchburg, Central Virginia Community College, Sweet Briar College and Randolph College. “We had the most students at the event and packaged the fastest,” said Chris Gibbons, Office of Community Involvement director.
The LC Choral Union and Concert Choir Food Bank Benefit Concert raised $432 and collected 448 pounds of food for the local food bank.
Earlier in November, 16 LC volunteers fed a pancake dinner to 106 guests at Parkview Mission.