May 5, 2000
Geneva, NY – One night sleeping in a cardboard box can't compare to the life a homeless person leads, but some Hobart and William Smith students hope it will raise awareness along with some money for a worthy cause.
The Habitat for Humanity campus chapter at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host Shack City 2000 on Tuesday, May 9, on the Colleges' Quad. Students, faculty, and community members have been invited to sleep on the Quad in a cardboard box for the night-rain or shine. Participants are asked to solicit sponsors for donations before the event. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Organizers believe they will raise awareness about homelessness and substandard housing in the community. So far, nearly 100 people have registered. City set-up is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
“We are hoping to spread awareness about substandard housing and to inform the community about Habitat for Humanity. Habitat is one of the few organizations that is truly eliminating substandard housing around the world. We are trying to do our part to help in our own community.” said Lindsay Vaughn, a William Smith junior, of Eugene, Oregon.
The HWS campus chapter was formed in Fall 1999. Thus far the chapter has helped to build two houses: one in Penn Yan, New York, and the other in Statesville, North Carolina, where the HWS chapter participated in Collegiate Challenge 2000 during spring break.
For more information, contact Vaughn or Todd Patterson, a Hobart student, at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Public Service office at (315) 781-3825.
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