Next week, UNCG students will give back to those in need as part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, an annual initiative sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign against Hunger & Homelessness.

Each year as Thanksgiving approaches, high schools, colleges and universities, community groups and faith-based groups from across the country come together to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness. Since 2011, UNCG’s Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL) has hosted events throughout the week in keeping with the university’s motto of “Service.”

From Nov. 15-21, students can give back in a variety of ways. From packaging 5,000 meals for hungry children worldwide to cooking and serving a Thanksgiving-themed meal to homeless families in Greensboro, there’s something for everyone. A complete schedule of events can be viewed here.

“College is a great time to get engaged with the community,” said Allison Plitman, an AmeriCorps VISTA member who serves in OLSL and organizer of the week’s events. “It’s so fulfilling to make a difference, especially a tangible difference like packaging food or serving a meal.”

Over the past five years, UNCG students have contributed more than 3.6 million hours of community service, giving back through Spartan Service Day, Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and a variety of other campus-sponsored events.

“A sense of community is foundational to our well-being,” said George Hancock, director of the National Center for Homeless Education, which is housed at UNCG’s SERVE Center. “Efforts such as those being undertaken during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week can have a tremendous impact by allowing some of our most vulnerable citizens to regain this sense of community, while also inspiring volunteers to advocate on their behalf.”

To learn more and to register for events, visit olsl.uncg.edu.

 

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations