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WSC Sociology Students Highlight Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week


Sociology students in Dr. Jean Karlen’s Introduction to Sociology class will participate in upcoming events to inform the public about National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 16-22. The main activity for this service-learning project is a collection drive for non-perishable goods and clothing to be given to the Wayne Food Pantry, the Norfolk Rescue Mission and Goldenrod Hills Community Action Agency.


Wayne State students, faculty, and staff are asked to bring items for donation to drop boxes located in campus residence halls, Conn library and the Connell lobby, Nov. 17-20. Community members are asked to help “Cram the Van” with food, clothing and other personal and household necessities. The van will be found from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at Pamida and Nov. 20 at Pac N Save. Sociology students will be on hand to distribute fliers and collect donations.


Tiffany Olson, the family services coordinator for Goldenrod Hills in Wayne, is coordinating the event with the class.


“The Wayne Food Pantry served 66 households, including 96 children and 107 adults last year, to disadvantaged families in our area,” Olson said. “Donations at this time of year are particularly critical for so many and it is great to work with college students on this effort. There is much to learn and much to do.”


For information: Dr. Jean Karlen, WSC Service-Learning Coordinator (402) 375-7042 or Tiffany Olson, Goldenrod Hills (402) 375-1111.


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