Minot State students are ‘freezin’ for a reason’ in five North Dakota communities
The Minot State University Student Social Work Organization is sponsoring "Freezin’ for a Reason" at Minot’s Town and Country Shopping Center parking lot on Nov. 17 from noon to 10 p.m. "Freezin’ for a Reason," which is an annual event, raises awareness of homelessness in the community and gathers food items for the Minot Area Homeless Coalition and local food pantries.
"Homelessness is a growing concern in the Minot community, and we hope that this project will help the public become more aware of the problem," said Rebecca Rose, a senior social work major.
The participants stand in the cold and "freeze" to receive a first-hand experience of what homelessness is like. Individuals can be a part of the effort by dropping off food or monetary contributions at the parking lot or by "freezing" with the SSWO members. The Minot Area Homeless Coalition and SSWO are holding the event as part of the National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 14-20.
Along with annual events in Minot and Bismarck, the MSU SSWO has added "Freezin’ for a Reason" awareness drives in Williston, Belcourt and Stanley.
For questions or additional information about "Freezin’ for a Reason" events in western North Dakota, contact Debra Dewitz, SSWO’s faculty advisor and assistant professor of social work, at 858-4259 or firstname.lastname@example.org or SSWO members at email@example.com.