Wednesday, October 28th marks the beginning of the three day long second annual Homeless for the Homeless fundraiser on Winona State University’s main campus. The fundraiser aims to raise money, clothing, and food donations for three different Winona area volunteer services.
Hosted by Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, the Women’s Lacrosse Team and the Habitat for Humanity Club. The participants will spend three days living on the WSU main campus courtyard.
“The goal behind living on campus like the homeless is to provide an example to students as to how bad living conditions really are for those without a home,” said Jim Bremser, member of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and the fundraiser’s organizer. “With the weather getting colder, now is the time when those without a roof over their heads need our help the most.”
Homeless for the Homeless will be collecting non-perishable food items, money, and clothing on the WSU main campus from Wednesday, October 28th through Friday, October 30th. All non-perishable food items will be donated to the Catholic Worker House, the money will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, and the clothing will go to Winona Volunteer Services. A raffle will conclude this event at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 30th with prizes donated from local businesses. To enter the raffle, one must donate ten dollars, ten articles of clothing or ten non-perishable food items. For students, it will be half those numbers to enter the raffle.
In addition to the three day event, there will be a Homeless for the Homeless Taco Feed on Monday, October 26th at Chula Vista restaurant in Winona. The fundraiser is eight dollars for an all you can eat taco buffet with chips and salsa and runs from six to eight p.m.
Those wishing to donate money and time to Habitat for Humanity can participate in the Spooky Sprint on Saturday, October 31st. The 5K Run/Walk begins at 10:30 a.m. with the sign in from 10:00 to 10:15 a.m. at the WSU Gazebo and continues around Winona’s small lake and back. There is a 10 dollar registration fee that includes a t-shirt and apple from Ferguson’s Apple Orchard. All participants are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes.
For more information, contact Jim Bremser, Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity at Jim.Bremser@us.army.mil