The annual Poverty Conference at University of Lynchburg will kick off Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Sydnor Performance Hall, followed by a Poverty Simulation in the Burton East Room at 2:30 p.m.
The keynote speaker will be Cheri Honkala, an anti-poverty advocate, co-founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and co-founder and national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.
Throughout Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, some University of Lynchburg students will be sleeping outside in the Dell. Students seek sponsors for each night to raise money for local homeless shelters.
For more than a decade LC has observed Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week to educate the LC community about the realities of homelessness and hunger. The goal is to provide means of action for students and staff to help with the issues of hunger and homelessness globally, nationally, and locally.
Saturday, November 8
1 p.m., Hopwood Auditorium
Poverty Simulation — An exploration of the experience that many people in poverty go through each day, provided by the Virginia Cooperative Extension
2:30 p.m., Burton East Room
Sunday, November 9
Solidarity Sleepers began sleeping outside in the Dell for the week.
Monday, November 10 – Wednesday, November 12
Food scraping and weigh-in to discourage food waste
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., Burton Dining Hall
Tuesday, November 11
Stop Hunger Now
6:45 p.m. at Schewel Circle for transportation
Wednesday, November 12
Volunteer to serve the Park View Mission Dinner
4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 13
Solidarity Sleepers build box city on the Dell
United Way presentation and discussion
7 p.m., Genworth Conference Center, Drysdale Student Center
Friday, November 14
Solidarity Sleepers Movie
8 p.m., location TBA
The week’s events are sponsored by the Office of Community Involvement, Bonner Leaders and Spiritual Life Center.
For more information, contact Chris Gibbons at 544-8640.