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- Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
RoCoMagazine - December 20, 2017
Come early November, with the holidays nearing, people often take notice of what they’re
thankful for—the roofs over their heads, the clothes on their backs, the food in their
bellies— and many choose to donate their time, energy, and resources in an effort
to help those who are less fortunate. Similarly, here at Rosemont, we feel as though
it is our duty to raise awareness about the pressing issue of poverty in our country,
particularly the 500-something thousand people who are without shelter and live on
the edge of starvation, and we encourage our students and staff to attend at least
one of the several service events Campus Ministry organizes during the holiday season.
This past fall semester, right before Thanksgiving, Rosemont participated in Hunger
and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW). Started at Villanova in 1975, HHAW was once a
small event, only acknowledged by colleges in the tri-state area. In recent years, however,
the event has grown significantly, developing into a nation-wide movement that more than 700
colleges, high schools, and community groups take part in. According to the National Coalition
for the Homeless, an HHAW sponsor, the movement aims to “educate the public, draw attention
to the problem of poverty, and build up the base of volunteers and supporters for local
For this year’s HHAW, which was organized by the Cornelian Service Corps, Rosemont
students volunteered at the St. Francis Inn, a soup kitchen in Kensington, Philadelphia.
While some students prepped and served meals, others worked at the Inn’s clothing distribution
center, Marie’s Closet. After the Inn, per the request of Rosemont student Deayanna
Koskolitz, the group visited Rosa’s Fresh Pizza on 11th Street—a shop well-known for its unique “pay it forward” program which allows customers to donate slices of pizza to the less fortunate.
There, the students donated several slices and left personalized notes on the wall
of the shop.
Aside from the service trips, many made an effort on our campus to raise awareness
of Hunger and Homelessness. Over the week, faculty, staff, and students donated non-perishable
food items to charity. Also, several students challenged themselves to dine conservatively
in Cardinal Hall, recognizing their own food waste and challenging their ways of thinking.
Overall, HHAW proved to be an enlightening and rewarding experience. Rosemont is proud
that so many students choose to take part in the events this year. We look forward
to hosting more service trips in the near future, lending a hand to those in need, and we’d like
to encourage all of our students to join us.