(From The Campus Lantern – October 15th, 2015)
Next week, Eastern’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity is hosting their largest fall event, Shack-A-Thon. During the event, Habitat members stay outside for 24 hours to raise awareness on the topic of homelessness.
Shack-A-Thon is an annual event held with the goals of raising funds and awareness for those who are homeless or living in substandard housing. As an organization, Habitat asked each of its members to fundraise a minimum of $50 in order to participate. Members’ donations, as well as additional funds received from students, staff, and faculty during the duration of the event, will go towards the Windham chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
“I think it is super important to realize the privilege that we have. Those who do not have adequate housing usually do so under circumstances that are out of their control. Tonight, I will go back to my residence hall, regardless of how long my day was, and get a good night of sleep in my bed. Others will not have that chance, but still, they continue to live day-to-day and fight to keep their hopes and dreams alive. I personally do not know any homeless people, but they are some of the strongest people out there.”
This year, Shack-A-Thon will be held on Webb Lawn from October 20th to the 21st, spanning from 12pm that Tuesday to 6pm that Wednesday.