NUSGA organizing sleep-out for homeless
The Niagara University Student Government Association's 2011 Delegation, with help from NUSGA's executive cabinet, is reaching out to raise awareness about the poverty levels in Niagara Falls. From Saturday, Oct. 17 to Sunday, Oct. 18, students will be participating in an event called "Sleep-Out for the Homeless," right here on campus.
The purpose of the sleep-out is to have it act as an eye opener to the students and public within the surrounding areas, and here at Niagara. The ideas is to make everyone aware of the facts surrounding poverty and the homeless population. It will give students the opportunity to experience firsthand what it's like to spend the night outdoors without a tent or cabin.
A study done in 2007 by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development found that Buffalo is No. 2 in the United States with the highest poverty rate at 29.9%.
In the spirit of the Vincentian tradition that Niagara University was founded on, NUSGA hopes this experience will encourage students and members of the community to donate to local food banks and charities to help combat this growing problem.
The NUSGA Class of 2011 delegation and the NUSGA Cabinet invite you, the students, to participate in this event in raising awareness about local poverty. All Niagara students are welcome and clubs could use this service event as a way to give back to the community.
In addition to spending the entire night outside, participants will also hear a presentation by Niagara University Associate Professor Dr. David Taylor. Dr. Taylor has done extensive research on this topic, and lived among homeless persons while writing his dissertation.
In an effort to create awareness, NUSGA would like to encourage the entire student body, as well as faculty and staff, to take action and donate items to local shelters. Poverty is a much bigger problem in the area than most realize. However, with combined efforts, the NU community can help. Every little bit counts.
Canned Goods, clothing and monetary donations will be collected within the next couple weeks on campus as well as the night of the event. Proceeds will be donated to local food pantries and charities to help those in need. All gifts are greatly appreciated and will certainly be of value to the less fortunate. We hope to make this event a success and gain the support of the student body.
For more information, e-mail the Class of 2011 at NUSGA2011@gmail.com.