A group of students from the University of Virginia is spending the month raising awareness for homelessness, and they're actually spending a night on the streets themselves to highlight the issue.
The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity at UVA has declared November Homelessness Awareness month. They're trying to combat an issue that's prevalent on the UVA Corner, and in other areas of the community.
The Sigmas have dedicated each week throughout the month to a different initiative. They're doing a coat drive, a clothing drive for a family recently displaced by a fire, a holiday food drive, and raising money for the Charlottesville homeless shelter The Haven.
"We really noticed a lot of times on the Corner there's always homeless people walking around, and they're really respectable people, but people look at them in the wrong shade and they have this certain portrayal of them, but they're actually really nice people, and if we can help really nice people out we really want that opportunity," said chapter president Peter Finn.
At the end of the month the fraternity brothers will be spending the night on the Corner in their second annual Sigma Sleepout for the Homeless.
They're asking people from the University and the surrounding community to donate to their cause. Last year they raised a little over $200, and this year they hope to match, if not exceed that number. Click here for more information about the fraternity.
The group will be collecting donations all this week in front of Alderman Library at UVA. They are still taking coats and monetary donations, and will also be partnering with Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Theta Nu Xi in a clothing drive for the family that was displaced by a recent fire.
They will be in front of the library from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.
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