UMES Students Sleep-out for the Homeless

  • Monday, October 15, 2007

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- "A recent incident involving a homeless man hit and amputated at the elbow by a freight train under the Route 13 overhead bridge in north Salisbury, brings to light the need to assist the tri-county's homeless community," said Dwayne Walker, assistant director of student activities at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

    On Saturday, October 20, the Office of Student Activities and various student organizations will "Sleep-out for the Homeless" from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the lawn of the Student Services Center.  UMES students, faculty and staff will sleep outside in tents, sleeping bags and cardboard boxes to raise awareness and support for homeless families in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

    Community donations will be accepted during the event.  Items being collected are clothes in reusable condition, outerwear, blankets, toys, canned food, toiletries and cash donations.  "All items collected will be donated to local shelters to help persons and families in need," said Walker. 

    Donations by members of the community can be dropped off at the greyhound bus circle on the west end of the SSC on the UMES campus.

    "The 'Sleep-out's' success is dependent upon those who support it," said Walker.  "It is vital that the community join UMES in supporting this effort to help our homeless community.  We hope to see you there!"

    For more information, contact Dwayne Walker at 410-651-6434 or dmwalker@umes.edu

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    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu.