PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College students will spend a night under the stars to raise homeless awareness as part of the academic institution’s eighth annual Sleep Out for the Homeless Tent City on Monday, April 8.
Beginning at 4 p.m., Owens students will spend 17 consecutive hours camping out on the College’s courtyard lawn outside the Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. The goal of the sleep out is to make more people aware of homelessness occurring in the surrounding communities and to collect hygiene-specific donations to benefit Cherry Street Mission Ministries in Toledo. The event will conclude at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9.
“The Owens Community College Sleep Out for the Homeless Tent City initiative is intended to raise awareness about a very serious issue within our surrounding communities,” said Nicole Buccalo, Owens Student Activities Assistant. “Homelessness can happen to any person at any given time. I encourage area residents to expand their knowledge and understanding of homelessness by engaging in the College’s outreach event or by making a donation to the hygiene collection drive benefiting Cherry Street Mission Ministries.”
Owens students and employees and community members are encouraged to show their support by dropping off hygiene-specific items. Desired items include toilet paper, deodorant, razors, wash cloths, towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner. Donations can be dropped off on the College’s courtyard lawn outside the Student Health and Activities Center during the Sleep Out for the Homeless Tent City event.
Additionally, Owens students will be putting their construction skills to the test as part of a cardboard box-building competition and engaging in discussion about the issue of homelessness.
Cherry Street Mission Ministries was founded in 1947 with the overall goal of providing help to those in need in the form of food and shelter. In addition to meeting people’s critical basic needs, the organization focuses on empowering people to break the bonds of homelessness and poverty and build new lives for themselves.
Owens’ Sleep Out for the Homeless Tent City event is being coordinated by the College’s Office of Student Activities. For more information about the event, including donation information, call (567) 661-2569 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2569.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.