FalconCorps Hosts Poverty Awareness Week

In order to shed a light on the problem of unemployment, homelessness and poverty in America, Notre Dame’s FalconCorps will host the College’s first Poverty Awareness Week from April 4 to 8.

FalconCorps aims to raise awareness about poverty in America.
FalconCorps aims to raise awareness about poverty in America.

Over the course of the week, students will be encouraged to think about the world around them and form an understanding and compassion for those living in poverty. One of the ways FalconCorps, the College’s service center, aims to accomplish this is by asking students to participate in TOMS Shoes' “One Day Without Shoes” campaign on Tuesday, April 5. 

Children in many developing countries must walk without shoes for miles to go to school, find clean water or receive medical treatment. The Notre Dame students will go shoeless for one day to gain a better understanding for people without common necessities like clothing, food and shelter.

A day later, FalconCorps will host a campus-wide food and clothing collection for students, faculty and staff. The donated food will go to the Heights Emergency Food Center; the clothing will be donated to City Mission, which is currently in particular need for business clothes, new socks, new t-shirts, new underwear and sleepwear for adults sizes XL and XXL. A donation site will be set up in the foyer of the Administration Building all day. Students will also canvass the dormitories in the evening for canned goods and non-perishable items.  

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, FalconCorps will host a screening of the “Dateline” special “America Now: Friends and Neighbors” in room 201 in the Administration Building. The special takes an in-depth look at poverty in rural Ohio. With 45 million people living in poverty in America, according to the U.S. Census, students will also have an opportunity to write letters to Congress as part of the event.

For more information or questions, please contact AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer Jesi Stewart at jstewart@ndc.edu.