On November 27, 2018, MSW Student and School of Social Work Graduate Assistant Bezil Taylor coordinated MSU’s first Homeless Awareness Service Event. The event drew service providers and volunteers from many different divisions on campus and from the community. Over 150 volunteers attended the event. Students from MSU Adolescent Diversion Program, MSU Intercultural Aide Program, MSU Grad SAC, and Residence Education and Housing Services among other groups volunteered their time.
Students learned about the issues facing homeless youth, which includes high school and college aged students. The homeless youth population includes 17-24 year old students. Volunteers assembled over 500 care packages for MSU students in need. The care packages included non-perishable food items, hygiene products, socks, and gloves. Bezil, with support from the Michigan Coalition Against Homeless, raised over $2700 and more if supply donations were included.
Sponsors included Kroger, Meijer, Helping Women Period, MSU Black Alumni Oakland County, and Moneyball Sportswear. Care packages benefitted students from MSU FAME, MSU Detroit MADE Scholars, MSU TRIO, Child and Family Charities: Gateway Youth Services, Lansing’s Ingham Academy, and MSU’s Student Parent Resource Center.
Bezil intends to use this event to inform individuals and groups from the Michigan State and Lansing community about the needs of disadvantaged students living on and near MSU’s campus. Bezil has several groups and organizations prepared to transform this event into an annual tradition, showing youth in need that they are seen, and cared for.
Bezil can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to collaborate for next year’s event.
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