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Hunger and Homelessness Week

  • November 14 - 21, 2009
  • Hunger and Homelessness week is a time dedicated to inform students on campus the effects of hunger and homelessness in the world and community around them. During the week, the OVS facilitates a food drive as well as advertises the plight of the community in need. Watch for these kinds of advertising around campus before or the week of.
    • The week will consist of a few events based on the idea of spreading the word of hunger and homelessness around Indiana, the country and the world. Some of these events include:
      • Wall of Houses
        • To visualize the amount of homeless and impoverish people within the United States, we will be putting rows and rows of houses on the wall at the bottom of the steps in the Union. Make sure to look up and take in the vast amount of homeless and impoverish people.
      • Habitat for Humanity House Build
        • Saturday, November 14, 2009
        • Times will be announced when finalized.
        • As those who are familiar with Habitat for humanity know, it is a program designed to help people help themselves by way of building a house with their own hands for those who might otherwise be unable to afford it.
        • This is also our "Discovering the Community" event for the month of November!!
      • "Share a Meal" through Chartwells
        • Lunch, Monday, November 16 - Lunch, Friday, November 20
        • When stopping in the Union for breakfast, lunch or dinner, grab a "Share a Meal" card and sign up to either donate a meal you know you're going to miss, or one you just want to sacrifice that will be donated through Chartwells to the community by ways of turkey baskets for the needy. Donating flex dollars from your personal account is also available. Look for OVS staff members at lunch on Monday, November 16.
      • Week-Long Community food Drive
        • Monday, November 16, 2009
          • 3 p.m. in the basement of East in the OVS Office and surrounding rooms
          • Bag stapling
          • Consists of stapling instructions and explanations to the bags that are handed out around the community and campus that are then used to collect food articles
        • Thursday, November 19, 2009
          • 3 p.m. meeting in the basement of East in the OVS office to be dispersed into
          • Bag drop off
          • This consists of dropping off the bags around the community and campus so that those wishing to volunteer can fill it with canned and non-perishable food items.
        • Saturday, November 21, 2009
          • 9:30 a.m. in the East basement in the Office of Volunteer Services
          • At this time, we will travel over town and collect all bags that had earlier been dispersed. After all the bags are collected, we will bring the contributions to the Manchester Fellowship Food Pantry to be distributed to needy families in the area.
          • Please contact Alyson Edwards or Katie Garrett if you or your school group is interested in helping.

Red Cross Disaster Relief Training

For those who missed the lunch and learn about the Red Cross Disaster Relief Training, don't fear. All those who are still interested, contact Carole Miller-Patrick to sign up either via e-mail or in person in her office in the East basement. The trainings will consist of different nights and different topics, and those interested will be contacted about times and availability.

For more detailed information, please visit the Disaster Relief opportunities page.

Knitting for Newborns in Need

Do you know how to knit or crochet? Ever though about picking up a pattern for caps for newborns? Even if you don't know how to knit, or don't have a pattern, we'll teach you and supply you with everything in need. If hats aren't in you're interest, scarves are needed to make donations for the office's yearly Hunger and Homelessness week!

If you're interested in helping out with this initiative, as well as hosting a party, please contact Alyson Edwards (amedwards@spartans.manchester.edu) for more information! Parties and one-on-one tutorials are available.

Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Service

Every year, a group of students signs up for a Spring Break service trip to somewhere in the United States through Habitat for Humanity. Throughout the year before going, students raise money on campus by participating in such events as the Shack-a-thon, in which students interested in the Habitat for Humanity trip sleep on the mall in a massive cardboard hut, both making a statement as well as opening themselves up for donations that go towards their trip in the Spring.

Additional contact information will be available soon.

Discovering the Community

Check out the monthly opportunities through the Discovering the Community initiative through the Office of Volunteer Services.


If you ever have any questions or suggestions about volunteer opportunities, please feel free to contact the Manchester University Office of Volunteer Services: ovs@manchester.edu.