University of Findlay’s Habitat for Humanity campus chapter will participate in Act! Speak! Build! Week, the organization’s international student-affiliated advocacy campaign, by hosting Box City on Saturday, April 13 on Cory Street Mall in the center of campus.
The public event, funded by UF Student Government Association, seeks to educate students and community members on homelessness. From 2-4 p.m., UF chapter students will build structures out of cardboard boxes to represent various homelessness scenarios. From 4-5 p.m., a speakers’ panel will share how to access affordable housing and how it can strengthen and stabilize families and communities. Panelists will include a local Habitat for Humanity homeowners, a family services advocate, and a Hancock Public Health official.
Students will then stay overnight in their structures.
Croy Gymnasium will serve as the alternate event location if weather is inclement.
Also, campus chapter students will be assembling care kits with bottled water, socks, and other essential items for daily living, to give to those experiencing poverty.