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CLARK'S CLUB FOR SOCIAL ACTION BRINGS POVERTY AWARENESS TO THE FOREFRONT

I-BEST Program Manager Katy Washburne assembles a hygiene kit during Poverty Awareness Day.
I-BEST Program Manager Katy Washburne assembles a hygiene kit during Poverty Awareness Day.

On Feb. 6, Clark College’s Club for Social Action teamed up with the ONE campaign to sponsor Poverty Awareness Day – an event focused on raising awareness about poverty locally and globally.

The Club for Social Action handed out vegan, organic and fair trade foods for attendees to sample and hosted a table where attendees could volunteer to assemble one of 30 hygiene kits.

The club will distribute the hygiene kits to the homeless on March 8 during their volunteer time with the Winter Hospitality Overflow men’s homeless shelter at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Students and staff that attended the event received information about the ONE Campaign, Oxfam and Heifer International and how they can help globally, as well as ways that they can volunteer locally through Habitat for Humanity and the Council for the Homeless.

Documentaries addressing poverty, hunger and homelessness in the United States were also played during the event.

Club for Social Action member Rachael Davies explains the connection between eating local, organic and fair trade products with poverty in the U.S.
Club for Social Action member Rachael Davies (right) explains the connection between eating local, organic and fair trade products with poverty in the U.S.

The worldwide ONE Campaign co-sponsored the event in an effort to get their name out to the college community. ONE Campaign campus leader and Club for Social Action member Melissa Boles worked collaboratively with other members of the club to put together a great event. The Club for Social Action is looking forward to hosting more events in the future. Special thanks go to Oxfam, Habitat for Humanity and the Council for the Homeless for helping to make this event a success.

For additional information about Clark’s Club for Social Action, contact club advisor Jody Shulnak.  She can be reached by phone at 360-992-2447. 


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