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Apply to be the Bread Salvage or Hunger & Homelessness Coordinator

From James Hall ’15:

Interested in hunger and housing issues in the greater Middletown community? Then consider applying to one of the two following positions!

Bread Salvage Coordinator: Bread Salvage is a program that salvages bread from the Cromwell Freihofer’s outlet and delivers it to students at three Middletown elementary schools. Responsibilities of the Bread Salvage coordinator include finding volunteers/drivers, maintaining communication between the Middletown schools and Freihofer’s, and ensuring successful deliveries of bread on a weekly basis. The application closes on April 10th!

Hunger and Homelessness Coordinator: The H&H co-coordinators organize both direct service opportunities and forums for discussing and addressing the root causes of hunger and housing issues in our community. Responsibilities of H&H coordinators include planning and organizing H&H events, discussions, and film screenings around campus, developing and maintaining relationships between Wesleyan and the Middletown community, and overseeing the three H&H subgroups (Food Rescue, Bread Salvage, and Habitat for Humanity).

Both positions are partially paid and are official Office of Community Service staff positions. The application is found on OrgSync here. Email jthall@wesleyan.edu (Bread Salvage) and/or ebieder@wesleyan.edu (H&H) with any questions.

Homelessness in Middletown: Film Screening, Personal Accounts, and Discussion

Evan Bieder ’15 and Fred Ayres ’17 want you to join them for discussion and food:Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 11.14.18 AM

According to the American Institutes for Research, children make up 40% of the homeless population in the U.S. If you’d like to discuss the realities of homelessness in the local Middletown community, please join us next Wednesday, February 11th, for a screening of “Home at Last?”, a short PBS documentary that explores current housing models.

Following the film, members of the L.E.A.D. group (current and former members of the homeless community in Middletown) will reflect on their experiences and hold a Q&A.

The event will take place in PAC002 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Dinner will be provided by Tandoor.

If enough people show up, Fred will reveal his audition tape for “So You Think You Can Dance,” so come!

Date: Wednesday, February 11th
Time: 7pm
Place: PAC 002

Oxfam America Hunger Banquet

Francesca Moree ’14 asks “Are you hungry?!”:

How many times have you heard the phrase, “I’m starving!” before going to eat dinner at Usdan? Is that what hunger really looks like? What about on a global scale?

Are you ready to find out?

Join us for a Hunger Banquet on April 23 at 5-6:30pm, sponsored by Oxfam America, and Haveli.

A Hunger Banquet is an interactive simulation of global inequality related to food, hunger, and income. Attendees will share a meal and participate in a discussion facilitated by Professor Sarah Mahurin.

Tickets are required for admittance and will be available for a minimum $2 donation at Usdan during lunch from April 16-23.

Will you be one of the lucky ones? Or will you leave hungry?

Date: April 23rd
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Place: Center for African American Studies Lounge
Cost: Minimum $2 donation for ticket

Call for Artists and Creative Minds who are Interested in Social Justice

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The one and only Francesca Moree ’14 wants to join forces with you:

Shoulder to Shoulder is a Wesleyan student group devoted to raising awareness about Homelessness in Middletown and the U.S. They’re excited to be hosting a variety of events throughout the month of April, making it Wesleyan’s Homelessness Awareness Month!

Shoulder to Shoulder is looking for students who are interested in helping to design a campus art installation that will go up during the month of April as a part of Homelessness Awareness Month. 

Some thoughts that have been thrown around include life-size cardboard portraits placed around campus, depicting actual Middletown residents experiencing homelessness, a photo display depicting the belongings Wesleyan students would choose to carry with them if they were homeless, and many more ideas!

The goal is to have a team working on this project so that no one individual has to shoulder the creative and constructive burden.  The installation/art piece would likely be displayed in the last two weeks of April.

Please contact Francesca Moree at fmoree[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you’re interested in being involved with this exciting project!  No art experience required (I’m nowhere near a studio art major).  I’m just looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about helping Wes students engage with an important issue area in a novel way.

What: Contact Fran if interested!
Date: ASAP
Place: Over the emailwaves/all over campus

Middletown Potluck Bake Sale Outside Espwesso

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From Ari Ebstein ’16 and Yael Horowitz ’17:

Ever thought that you could really use something sweet and homemade to go with your late night coffee and studying?

Of course you have. Come to Espwesso on Wednesday night (tonight) for some awesome treats! They will be sold at a low cost, and all proceeds will go directly to buying lockers to secure the personal property of homeless citizens in Middletown. These lockers are essential for homeless people as there are no other ways to safeguard their few and valuable belongings, which are often stolen because of a lack of proper storage. Come to Espwesso, buy yummy treats, and feel good about it, too.

Date: 20 Nov. 2013
Time: 9:00pm-1:00am
Place: Outside of Espwesso!
Cost: Pay what you can, but pay something.