Mason Takes Action Against Hunger and Homelessness

Posted: November 13, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 12, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Mason will mark Hunger and Homelessness Action Week, Nov. 15-21, with a number of social action and raising awareness events, culminating with the annual sleep out on Nov. 19.

For more information, contact Ben Buss at 703-829-0220, bbuss@gmu.edu, in Campus Ministry.

Sunday, Nov. 15

  • Brown Bag Sunday. Join Catholic Campus Ministry to make over 100 brown bag lunches and bring them to homeless men and women in Washington, D.C. St. Bellarmine Chapel, Fairfax, noon to 6 p.m. Contact: John More, 703-425-0022, jmore@gmu.edu, Campus Ministry.

Monday, Nov. 16

  • Hunger and Homelessness Action Week headquarters. Get information on events, make food in the Salvation Army Canteen vehicle for those who need it, and more. Johnson Center, North Plaza, Nov.16 – 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau. Currently or formerly homeless men and women from the National Coalition for the Homeless share their stories and take questions about their experience. Student Union Building I, Patriot’s Lounge, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

  • A New Capitalism? A social innovator’s panel discusses innovation entrepreneurship as a form of poverty alleviation and cultural/personal expression. Featuring experts from Empowered Women International and Making Cents International. Free. Johnson Center Cinema, 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Student Leadership Social Entrepreneurship Panel. Discover strategies for mobilizing action/commitment and highlighting student initiatives. Featuring a panel of regional experts. Free. Johnson Center Cinema, noon to 3 p.m.
  • Film Screening: “The Homeless Home Movie.” Discuss the film with Katie Tressel of the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless. Free. Johnson Center, Room C, 4 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

  • Social Innovation Simulation. Attendees are assigned to a place with resources and challenges, and work together to come up with innovative solutions. Free. Johnson Center, Room G, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Social Justice U. Learn about hunger, homelessness and housing in Virginia from the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, and how you can effectively advocate change in Richmond. Free. Johnson Center Bistro, 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19

  • Thursday Night Supper. Dave Larrabee, director of the Lamb Center homeless day shelter in Fairfax, and one of the Lamb Center’s homeless clients speak about their experiences and ways we can all help our homeless neighbors. St. Bellarmine Chapel, Fairfax, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Contact: John More, 703-425-0022, jmore@gmu.edu, Campus Ministry.
  • Sleep Out. Spend a night outside and experience a glimpse of what homelessness means to so many men and women. Free. Johnson Center, North Plaza, 10 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 20

  • Sorting Donated Food. Help sort donated food for distribution before Thanksgiving. Transportation available from the Sandy Creek Shuttle Stop at 8:30 a.m. Salvation Army, Fairfax, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact: Timothy Jo, 202-497-4268, tim_jo@uss.salvationarmy.org, Salvation Army Student Fellowship.
  • Reading of “The Rivers and Ravines.” Theater of the First Amendment celebrates community, featuring a staged reading of “The Rivers and Ravines,” written and directed by Heather McDonald. Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door, and TFA will collect nonperishable food items to benefit Food for Others, a local food bank based in Fairfax. TheSPACE at Old Town Village, Fairfax, 8 p.m. Contact: Kristin Johnsen-Neshati, 703-993-1122, kneshati@gmu.edu, Theater of the First Amendment.

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