Annual Cardboard City event advocates for homeless Nov. 15


Volunteer students create homes out of cardboard boxes outside of the Park Library Nov. 19, 2014 to raise awareness for homelessness.

The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center welcomes students to set up a home on the lawn in advocacy for the homeless.

The center’s annual event, Cardboard City will be held outside on the Library Mall near Fabiano Botanical Garden on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

At the event students will be camping out in cardboard boxes.

Participants are not obligated to stay the entire night and Volunteer Center staff in attendance will be relieved of duty after 9 p.m. Those who choose to stay after that time will assume any risks taken.

A Candlelight Vigil will be featured as a special portion to the occasion at 7:30 p.m. in awareness and advocacy for homelessness.

Nearly 50 students attended the event last year. Previous guests speakers featured Ryan Griffus of the Isabella County Restoration House and Rihan Issa of the Women’s Aid Service, Inc.

The center is unable to supply box homes and said students should search for boxes in dumpsters around campus or ask nearby businesses such as Home Depot or Gordon Food Services.

For more information, visit the Marry Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center or call (989) 774-7685.


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