MSU's Bismarck students 'Freezin' for a Reason' Nov. 22
Nov. 22, Minot State University's social work students in Bismarck will raise awareness for the homeless population by "Freezin' for a Reason" at Kmart from 4 p.m. to midnight. During this annual event, MSU's Student Social Work Organization gathers monetary donations, food items, various clothing articles, personal hygiene products and baby items for Bismarck's Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People, Inc.
According to the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People website, www.ndhomelesscoalition.org, in January 2012, North Dakota conducted a point-in-time survey of 972 homeless people. The findings were: 65 percent were unaccompanied individuals; 35 percent were families, including 189 children under the age of 18; 59 percent couldn't afford rent, although they had income; 48 percent were unemployed; 36 percent had alcohol or drug abuse problems; and 35 percent had a mental illness.
"Freezin' for a Reason," held during National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 16-24, is a collaborative effort between MSU SSWO-Bismarck and the Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People, Inc. "Freezin' for a Reason" volunteers "freeze" outside, for a unique experience that promotes compassion and a further understanding of the challenges of homelessness. Interested individuals can "freeze" with SSWO members or contribute funds or goods.
To learn more, check out the "Freezin' for a Reason" Facebook event page: Freezin' for a Reason - MSU @ BSC.
For questions about "Freezin' for a Reason," please contact co-chairs, Stephanie Little at (701)527-1884 or email@example.com, Mandy Perius at (701)202-6001 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Stephanie Rutledge at (701)391-9951 or email@example.com.