Nov. 10, 2008
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Into the Streets Week designed to increase awareness

Baldwin City, Kan. — The newly founded Office of Service-Learning and Volunteering is hosting Into the Streets Week Nov. 10-16 in conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The event is aimed at raising student’s awareness of issues affecting the community.

Activities and programs are designed to promote volunteerism to the students while teaching about issues such as homelessness, world hunger, sustainability and volunteerism. Community members are welcome to participate in the activities throughout the week.

Community members can participate at the Volunteer Fair hosted in the Harter Union Lobby from 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday.

Baker University is partnering with the Baldwin City Recreation Commission’s Chili Cook-Off and Cinnamon Roll Contest by selling “Empty Bowls” for the Empty Bowls Project.

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, participants will be able to buy a handmade ceramic bowl with homemade chili in it for $15.

At 7 p.m. Thursday at Mabee 100, Jay Preston, executive director of My Father’s House, will discuss the services provided by the homeless shelter and community center. He will also share his personal experiences with poverty.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at Harter Union, community members are invited to participate in the nation’s oldest and largest anti-hunger movement to raise awareness on the global food crisis as part of the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet. This event is one of the thousands of events taking place across the country. Money raised from all the events and activities goes to Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and the local food pantry.

For more information on the week, contact Kaitlin Emig, the AmeriCorps *VISTA representative and coordinator of Service-Learning and Volunteering, at Ext. 4520 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.