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By Marcy Stidum
Homelessness Awareness Week, or HAW, is a week-long series of events dedicated to increasing awareness of homelessness on college campuses as well as reducing stigma to students facing this epidemic.
Each year, students who participate are surprised to find out that their fellow students struggle with homelessness, and often are even more surprised by the number of those that are affected at KSU.
Some events are donation drives or fundraisers, and some are simulations or informational sessions targeted at awareness and stigma reduction.
The week culminates with the Cobb County Candlelight Vigil honoring homeless community members who have passed away in the last year, and a sleep-out for students to experience first-hand what it is like to be a homeless college student.
Arguably the most important result of HAW events is that it allows students to feel safe about coming forward with their struggles and using the resources available to them. During last year's Homelessness Awareness Week, 12 students visited CARE Services and received the assistance they needed.
These are 12 students who would have suffered in silence and had to make very difficult choices if not for this event.
Make your donation in any amount today and help CARE Services and KSU continue to make a difference in the lives of students and the community.
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Bowls will be filled with lunch provided by KSU Dining Services. During lunch, learn about food waste during this educational program. This program will raise money to help KSU CARE fight hunger, raise awareness about the issues of food insecurity and to help bring about an attitude that will not allow hunger to exist. ADVANCE SALES ONLY!