USC Upstate is set to host Hunger and Homelessness week November 10-14.
This program comes as part of an AmeriCorps Vista initiative on campus.
AmeriCorps Vista is a nationwide program designed to fight poverty in America. Those who sign-up for this program commit an entire year to working on a special project for a non-profit organization or public agency.
Heather Rossi and Candace Bryant, who are the AmeriCorps representatives at Upstate, hope to challenge misconceptions of poverty through this service project.
The purpose of HAH week is to promote community engagement via social work, giving students a different look at poverty in Spartanburg.
“Hunger, homelessness and poverty affect so many people”, said Heather. “Poverty does not pick and choose people.”
Susan Ledford of the Hope Center for Children addresses this issue in her discussion “The Hidden Homelessness” on Wednesday, November 12th; her presentation covers a range of topics from child neglect to impoverished young adults.
Below are the events taking place this week:
- Monday, November 10 — Informational Tables 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 11 — 60 Seconds of Service – PB & J Donation 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 12 — “The Hidden Homeless” & Speaker Susan Ledford of Hope Center for Children 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Thursday, November 13 — Housing Clothing Drive
- Michael Jacobs: Native American Musician & Artist 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, November 14 — “Smash Out Hunger” (Pie the Chancellor, Mandy Whitten, Dr. Krystal Smith, and Alex Dukes Student Body President)
In the meantime, students can play an active role by donating business attire to the clothing pantry in student life or other designated places around campus. All donations will go to Carver and McCracken Middle Schools.