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Continuing a Villanova Tradition: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week



-Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week originated at Villanova University in 1975 and has now spread to more than 500 campuses and communities nationwide.

-Food and Clothing Drives, Hunger Run, Solidarity Sleep-Out and Keynote Address by Sr. Mary Scullion highlight 2011 Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW) originated at Villanova University in 1975 under the guidance of the late Father Ray Jackson, OSA, an Augustinian priest whose legacy also includes co-founding the University’s Center for Peace and Justice Education. HHAW began when a group of Villanova students, recognizing the power education could play in the fight against homelessness, decided to coordinate a week of activities around the issues. In the years since, this week of coordinated activities and education expanded beyond Villanova to more than 500 campuses and communities, in the process becoming the most widely organized hunger and homelessness event of its type nationwide. 

Now, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual event held the week before Thanksgiving – jointly sponsored by the National Student Campaign against Hunger and Homelessness (NSCHH) and the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH).

HHAW seeks to raise awareness in the Villanova community about hunger and homelessness within the United States and around the world. Through education, service, and advocacy, the University and its students are committed to promoting solidarity by gaining an understanding of the issues of poverty.

Villanova will recognize 2011 HHAW with a week of programming Nov. 13-18, which includes food and clothing drives, a solidarity sleep out, and a keynote address by Sister Mary Scullion, Co-Founder of Project HOME. The keynote address will take place Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 4:30 p.m., in the Villanova Room of The Connelly Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Below are some of the highlights of 2011 HHAW at Villanova. Click here for more information.

HHAW is co-sponsored by the Centers for Peace & Justice Education and Campus Ministry at Villanova University. Villanova also partners with numerous local and national organizations for the annual event, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Oxfam America, The National Coalition for the Homeless, Project HOME, Back on My Feet, Catholic Network of Volunteer Service, etc.

The programs scheduled for HHAW are an extension of the many activities Villanova students participate in throughout the year in the fight against hunger and homelessness: Service learning sites at Project HOME, Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness, and the Catholic Worker Clinic in Kensington; Villanova Chapter of Back on "My Feet"; Weekly soup kitchen trips to St. Francis Inn and St. Agatha’s, etc.

HHAW Schedule of Events (Nov. 13-18)

All Week                              

  • Food Drive, drop-off at St. Rita’s Hall
  • Winter Clothing Drive, drop-off at St. Rita’s Hall
  • Back on My Feet Sneaker Week, Connelly Center (registration)                                          

 Friday, November 11                      

  • Super Fresh Food Drive, 1305 West Chester Pike, Havertown, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 Sunday, November 13                  

  • Super Fresh Food Drive, 1305 West Chester Pike, Havertown, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 Monday, November 14    

  • Post Graduate Volunteer Service Fair, Jake Nevin Field House, 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Can Collections, South Campus Market and 2nd Storey Market, 9 – 11 p.m.

 Tuesday, November 15  

  • Can Collections, South Campus Market and 2nd Storey Market, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Keynote Address: Sr. Mary Scullion (Co-Founder of Project HOME), Villanova Room in The Connelly Center, 4:30 p.m.

 Wednesday, November 16           

  • Fair Trade Craft Sale, Connelly Center, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Hunger Run/Walk with Back On My Feet, starts in the Quad, 4:30 p.m.
  • SREHUP Opening Celebration and Info Session, Villanova Room, 7 p.m.

 Thursday, November 17

  • Fast Day during lunch hours
  • Bread & Soup Lunch, Villanova Room, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Faces of Homelessness Panel, CEER 001, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Solidarity Sleep Out, in the Quad, begins with Reflection, 9 p.m.

 Friday, November 18          

  • Turkey Drive, drop-off at Connelly Center Circle, 9 – 11 a.m.
  • SHARE Food Bank Volunteering, 2 – 8 p.m.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.  There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.