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Contact: Michael Traupman, Executive Director for College Relations - 610-740-3790

NATIONAL HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS WEEK 2008
Cedar Crest College Students To Hold Events Emphasizing the Plight of the Impoverished

Allentown, PA (November 7, 2008) — The Lutz Center for Community Service at Cedar Crest College has announced activities planned for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2008 to be observed on campus from November 9 – 15.

While this marks the eighth year of participation by the Cedar Crest community, the continuing economic crisis and a spike in mortgage foreclosures brings an additional level of alarm to the observance. During the coming week students will not only participate in various service activities with homeless shelters and food banks, but will also engage in interactive learning experiences that give them a better idea of what it is like to experience hunger or homelessness. Students will go without food at an OXFAM Banquet and even camp out overnight in a ‘box city.”

“In general, November is the time of giving, sharing, and giving thanks to everyone around us,” says Tammy Bean, director of the community service programs at the Lutz Center for Community Service at Cedar Crest College. “Every year in November, Cedar Crest College, along with other communities and colleges, spread awareness on topics about hunger and homelessness. Whether the economy is robust or weak, the problems of hunger and homeless issues are prevalent. We hope that this week of events will give students a broader perspective about the issues of hunger and homelessness not only here, but globally as well.”

NATIONAL HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS WEEK
CEDAR CREST COLLEGE: NOVEMBER 9 – 15, 2008
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sunday, November 9 – Monday, November 10 - COOKING FOR THE HOMELESS
Students will help cook and/or serve food at Victory House of the Lehigh Valley, a Bethlehem-based shelter that provides housing and counseling for homeless men. The cooking will begin on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 7:00pm in the Butz Fireside Lounge. The students will serve the food on Monday, November 10, 2008 at 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, November 11 – CREATING TREATS FOR SHELTER RESIDENTS
Students will burn the midnight oil at 11 pm in the College’s Butz Fireside Lounge to make homemade baked goods and treats for local shelter residents.

Wednesday, November 12 - MOVIE NIGHT – 9:45 p.m.
Students will observe Hunger and Homelessness Awareness to review and discuss a film related to the theme of hunger and homeless.

Thursday, November 13 - OXFAM BANQUET – TCC Alcove A – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Students will gather to see and feel what global poverty is really like at the annual OXFAM Banquet. This interactive luncheon focuses on hunger, class, wealth distribution and other social issues in an interactive role-playing meal.

Thursday, November 13 - PINEBROOK SERVICES CRAFT TIME – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Student volunteers will work with children at Pinebrook Services for an interactive craft activity.

Friday, November 14 - 1:00 p.m.: SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK CANNED COORDINATORS
Cedar Crest students will help the Second Harvest Food Bank sort through perishable items, to rid of the expired or broken items. All the items will be donated to those families and children that need it the most.

Friday, November 14 at 9:30 p.m. – Saturday, November 15 at 9:30 a.m. - BOX CITY: CAMP OUT FOR THE HOMELESS
Students will camp out overnight in boxes on the Tompkins Center terrace with limited necessities and conveniences. Additional students will serve as community members who will assist the citizens of Box City by providing them with supplies of food, clothing, shelter, and occasional company.

THANKSGIVING DINNER BOXES — through November 24
The Cedar Crest Community is also in the midst of a campus-wide drive to create and donate 400 Thanksgiving Dinner boxes to New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem.

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The observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week underscores Cedar Crest College’s commitment to community service. Last year, Cedar Crest students volunteered more than 25,000 hours of community service throughout the Lehigh Valley area. For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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