2017 VWU Shack-A-Thon to Raise Awareness During National Hunger & Homelessness Week

10-31-2017

During National Hunger & Homelessness Week (Nov. 11-19), VWU will host a Shack-A-Thon organized by the 2018 VWU Off-Campus Shelter Managers. The VWU Shack-A-Thon will take place on Batten Lawn from Tuesday, November 14 at 9 a.m. until Thursday, November 16 at 5 p.m. The purpose of the event is to unite the VWU campus and raise awareness about the current state of hunger and homelessness, especially within this community; to stimulate ideas of what it means to be hungry and homeless in Hampton Roads; and to build shacks, spend time in the shacks and learn from this unique experience. The event will include organized VWU groups of unlimited members who will build a shack out of collected materials and camp out in the shack for three days and two nights on Batten Lawn. During the VWU Shack-A-Thon, a variety of events, such as food and clothing drives, movie and open mic nights, and games and guest speakers, will be held to bring additional awareness to this cause. Donation bins for books (pre-school age through 5th grade), sneakers, canned foods, clothing, and hygiene products are located in the Community Service Office and around campus.

2017 VWU Shack-A-Thon
Schedule of Events
(open to campus community)

Tuesday, November 14
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Build Day (Batten Lawn)
5 p.m. - Opening Guest Speaker: Mariah Smith “Blankets for the Homeless”
9 p.m. - Open Mic Night/Talen Show on Batten Lawn

Wednesday, November 15
Events will be held on Batten Lawn
8 p.m. - Movie Night: “The Blind Side,” hosted by Wesleyan Activities Council on Rose Lawn

Thursday, November 16
2 p.m. - Judging of Shacks by Community Partners (Winners will be revealed at 5 p.m.)
     Krishna Loya, Judeo-Christian Outreach Center
     Jenny Goff, Executive Director, REACH (Reading Enriches All Children)
     Leslie Clarridge, Volunteer & Program Coordinator, REACH (Reading Enriches All Children)
     Diane Hotaling, 2006-17 Winter Shelter Manager, City of Virginia Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation
     Dani Williams ‘15, 2013-15 On-Campus Winter Shelter Manager, ForKids
     Tianna Garland ‘16, 2013-16 On-Campus Winter Shelter Manager, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
     Tone Boykins ’17, 2016-17 Winter Shelter Manager

Judges will determine the winners for the following:
     TOP SHACK (the shack that raised the most money)
     Most Creative Shack
     Most Sustainable Shack

3-4:30 p.m. - Breakdown & Cleanup
5 p.m. - Shack-A-Thon Grand Finale: Judges will reveal winners (2018 Winter Shelter Opens)
6 p.m. - Closing Speaker: Laura, Executive Director of “LIFT” (Lifting spirits, Improving bodies, Feeding souls and Transforming lives), Founded by Jim & Krista White

*Donation bins for books (pre-school age through 5th grade), sneakers, canned foods, clothing, and hygiene products are located in the Community Service Office and around campus