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Community service club camps out for hunger

The Penn State Berks community service club, Berks Cares, will host the first annual Camp Out for Hunger, an event designed to bring awareness to homelessness in Berks County, on Friday, April 23, 2010 beginning at 9:00 p.m. This event is not open to the public.
"The students of Berks Cares were inspired by the Coalition to End Homelessness' initiatives to combat homelessness and hunger in our local community and designed the camp out event as a way to join the taskforce," explains Student Activities Coordinator Andrea Paff. "In a time when the University is in the midst of internationalization and encouraging students to think globally, I am excited to see our students so invested in the issue of homelessness and hunger that prevails just beyond our campus walls. "

During this event, students will camp outside on campus over night. The evening will open with an address from the Director of the Coalition to End Homelessness in Berks County, Sharon Parker.

The event has sparked the interest of approximately ten other student-run clubs and organizations on campus. Berks Cares has set a goal to raise $2,000 and 100 pounds of nonperishable goods to donate to the 41 local charitable organizations that comprise the Coalition to End Homelessness. The students of Berks Cares and the Campus Activities Board teamed up to plan a food drive in the local communities of Spring Township and Wyomissing.

Additionally, the students sought the support of local businesses who have helped sponsor the event by donating gift certificates other items. Business donations are currently displayed in the glass display case outside of the Freyberger Gallery in the Perkins Student Center, and they will be raffled off at the conclusion of the Camp Out.  Students, faulty and staff are encouraged to purchase their raffle tickets in Campus Life. Winners do not have to be present at the Camp Out to claim their prize.  All the proceeds will go to the Coalition to disburse amongst the associated organizations.

For more information, contact: Andrea Paff at 610-396-6367 or via e-mail at agp3@psu.edu.
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