Tent City Raises Homeless Awareness

Posted On November 14, 2012 By | No Comments on Tent City Raises Homeless Awareness

It’s been much colder in Vermont these past few days, and for many, that means spending more time bundled up and inside.  But for some in our community, this is not an option.  As the weather gets colder, our homeless neighbors are forced to face exposure during the winter months.

Last week, Thursday, Nov. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 11., Champlain College students participated in a Tent City solidarity event on Perry Lawn, sleeping outside to raise awareness about the harsh realities of homelessness in Burlington.

Student Organizers Shelby Dickinson & Hannah Andersen talk to passerby about the Tent City Project.

Organized by the Center for Service and Sustainability at Champlain College , the group asked the 75 students who participated to forego smart phones, laptops, and indoor heating to bring attention to the struggles of homeless families and individuals living in our community.

In addition to giving up their technology, students sleeping in Tent City used communal spaces (public restrooms, locker rooms, and libraries) to meet their hygienic and internet needs, as well as ate food typically found at soup kitchens, food shelves, and homeless shelters.

In addition to raising awareness, Tent City volunteers raised over $890 for COTS! We are so thankful for their amazing work!

For some great pictures of the event, check out this Tent City Picasa album.  And read this Free Press article for a first hand account of the event from Student Organizers Hannah Andersen and Shelby Dickinson.

Tent City is part of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week.

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