Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week

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Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week

St. Mary's County, MD - 11/6/2011

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Each year in November, communities across the country commemorate Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week.  WARM (Wrapping Arms ‘Round Many) has planned the first ever Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week in St. Mary’s County for November 13-19th.  For WARM, this week is an opportunity to share information about homelessness in our county, offer engagement illustrating the experience of homelessness, and provide opportunities for community members to assist our homeless neighbors.  

A brief summary of events is listed below.  Proceeds from fundraising events go to WARM and partnering organizations St. Mary’s Caring, Walden, Leah’s House, and Three Oaks Center.

11/13  Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Sunday:  WARM is sharing bulletin information with local faith communities and inviting them to request a speaker from WARM to visit their church on this or any other Sunday

11/13-11/19:  Red Envelope Project:  give up a few favorite indulgences this week and place the money you would have spent on them in a red envelope provided by WARM; funds go to WARM.

11/14 Awareness Reading Day:  elementary students and library story time at the Leonardtown and Lexington Park libraries gain understanding about homelessness through featured books

11/15 Outback Luncheon for WARM:  $20 a ticket, with luncheon served at 11 a.m.  Reservations requested by 11/10/11

11/17 A Magically WARM Night fundraiser banquet at Lenny’s:  $45 a ticket, please reserve tickets by 11/10/11. This event also features a silent auction of Life Masks & Stories featuring the faces and experiences of locally homeless men, women and families; this art was created by local artist Alice Yutzy and coordinated by Walden.

To RSVP for the Outback Luncheon or Magically WARM Banquet, please contact 410-610-4967 or warm@warmsomd.org.  For information about the Red Envelope project, please contact 301-997-1300 x 804; lauraw@waldensierra.org

About WARM:WARM is an interfaith non-profit organization that provides overflow shelter, meals and friendship to St. Mary’s County residents in need during the coldest months of the year.  We will begin our third season of providing these services in November 2011.  Our success is possible due to the commitment of more than 1,000 local volunteers and partner organizations.

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