President Wright Urges Students to Take Part in This Week's Events
To the Editor:
I write to ask the members of the Dartmouth community to support a number of student activities planned during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 14-22) to raise awareness and to increase activism about these issues within the Dartmouth and Upper Valley community. Participating organizations include Habitat for Humanity, Students Fighting Hunger, Operation Insulation, 2000 and 2001 Class Councils, Hillel, Dartmouth Americorps and Dartmouth Woodcrew.
Millions of people suffer from inadequate nourishment and a lack of physical shelter. Daily survival is not an issue about which any of us must concern ourselves. However, there are many who must face these issues on a daily basis -- both within our community and far away. The recent disaster in Central America is a bleak reminder of how quickly circumstances can change, making issues of hunger and homelessness immediate concerns.
I urge you to reflect upon the conditions of our fellow human beings and to make a personal statement of caring during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. All proceeds from the events wil be donated to local food pantries (LISTEN and the Upper Valley Haven), national aid organizations and the relief effort for Hurricane Mitch.
On Saturday there was a Race Against Hunger. Other activities are planned thoughout the week and include a concert, a "sleep-out," a movie and a Hunger Banquet.
I hope you will join in these activities -- including the weeklong Food, Clothing and Pledge Drive -- to support the students' efforts to educate themselves and to contribute both short -- and long-term solutions to hunger and homelessness.