For Immediate Release
April 22, 2013
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Brockport, NY – Giving voice to those without a voice is one of the primary goals of the Tent City Project. To help deliver that message, approximately a dozen students of The College at Brockport, State University of New York, will spend a night sleeping outside in makeshift shelters to raise awareness of the homeless and impoverished. Students will be joined by members of the Brockport community.
Tent City will be taking place from 8 am April 22 and through 5 pm April 23 in the mall area of the College campus. As part of the event a rally will take place at noon on Monday, featuring several speakers from Rochester area organizations that assist the homeless, hungry and people in need.
Heather Packer, a graduate social work major and one of the organizers of the event, was once one of those people.
“I have been lucky to have received help from my friends, my church and family,” said Packer. “Some people have no one to rely on when an emergency, crisis, unemployment or illness occurs. I have tried to give back to the Brockport community, a community of wonderful giving, loving people that have helped me in the past during hard times in my life.”
Other activities will include campfires near the shelters tonight as well as documentaries being shown in Edwards Hall from 6:30-11 pm. Ten to 12 local organizations will have informational displays set up as well. Several fundraisers will take place during the two days and money collected will be donated to such organizations as Brockport Food Shelf, House of Mercy, Habitat for Humanity, and Life Solutions.
The event is a collaboration between the Department of Social Work, the Student Social Work Organization, and Brockport Student Government. Organizers also collaborated with the Village of Brockport, which proclaimed Tuesday as Brockport Tent City Day.
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
(585) 395-2754 * FAX (585) 395-2723 * www.brockport.edu
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