The national event, held annually one week before Thanksgiving, is co-sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. During this week, schools, communities and cities take part in a nationwide effort to bring greater awareness to the problems of hunger and homelessness.
A PhotoVoice exhibit featuring examples of real life struggles to find shelter and food in Portland will be on display throughout the week in the Peterson Hall foyer and Loveridge Hall Blue Room. The pictures show struggles to find shelter and food but also healthcare and community. A volunteer fair will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in Peterson Hall PhotoGallery. Nonprofit agencies will be on hand to share information.
Sylvia Giustina, a 1977 graduate of Linfield and Oregon Food Bank volunteer, will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at noon in 111 Peterson Hall. Two other speakers, both volunteers with Sisters of the Road, will provide a talk on Thursday, Nov. 17, at noon in 111 Peterson Hall. The week will conclude with a Fair Trade market on Friday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard, featuring Portland businesses positively changing the lives of those in need.
The week is meant to educate members of the Linfield community on the challenges facing the homeless, according to Lisa Burch, director of student services.
"Its important to build an awareness of these issues, particularly for students on this campus going into healthcare who will likely be faced with these challenges," Burch said. "We all need to understand the issues behind homelessness and hunger to develop a sensitivity to persons in need."
All events are open to the public. For more information, contact Burch at 503-413-7561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.