Groups collaborate for Poverty Awareness Week

The WSU Center for Civic Engagement will host Poverty Awareness Week Nov. 14 – 19 with a number of other university departments and community groups.

Throughout the week, there will be a food drive with multiple drop-off locations around campus. There will also be a supplies drive for Rosario’s Place children Monday through Friday, sponsored by the GSPA and Women’s Resource Center. Rosario’s Place is an on-campus service that provides student-parents with diapers, clothes and food for children ages six and younger, according to the Center for Civic Engagement website.

The week will begin with a poverty simulation at 6 p.m. today to help people “walk in the shoes” of poverty. It will take place at St. James Episcopal Church on Stadium Way.

There will be a Hunger Dinner at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, organized and sponsored by the International Development Club. This event was held last April, according to the WSU events calendar. It was free and open to the public. Participants were randomly assigned tickets and given a social status based on statistics about hunger across the globe.

There will be a business and formal clothing drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the TRIO Student Support Services Center. The drive is to help fellow WSU students who don’t have the money to buy job interview attire, according to the website. There will also be four other events during the day.

There will be a Hot Chocolate Fundraiser at 10 a.m. on Thursday, as well as a domestic violence workshop sponsored by the Young Women’s Christian Association of WSU.

There will be bulk food repackaging at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Moscow Food Co-op, and on Saturday there will be a pancake breakfast and soup packet packaging event from 8 – 10:30 a.m. at the Whelan Grange Hall.

Reporting by Sarah Olsen