HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE HUNGRY
Cedarville students help fight hunger and homelessness when purchasing pizza from Colonial Pizza. Photo courtesy of Stephen Port
by Public Relations
November 21, 2011
Phi Alpha, Cedarville University’s social work honor society has been busy planning the fourth annual “Dine Out for Hunger” event. This event began in 2008 when Rachel Yoder ’09, a social work major, wanted to serve the homeless population in the community.
Julie Kuhn, assistant professor of social work, encouraged Phi Alpha to host the event during the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
“It’s a tangible way for faculty, staff and students to give back” said Kuhn.
Phi Alpha described to local restaurants how their involvement would help alleviate the problem of hunger in the community. At the end of the week, the restaurants were asked to donate 15-35% of their profit.
The ministries that have previously benefited from this event include the Safe Harbor House and Urban Light Ministries of Springfield as well as the Fish Food Pantry of Xenia. This year the proceeds will go to InsideOut Ministries of Springfield.
InsideOut is a faith based organization founded in 1998 by William Stout, with a focus on “working with churches, families, businesses and individuals to turn despair into hope, broken dreams into bright futures.” The ministry offers weekly Bible studies, meals and child care.
Kuhn believes that in addition to giving back to the community we should continuously be praying for ministries like InsideOut. She encourages others to remember that it is possible to make a positive impact on the issues of homelessness and hunger even amongst a busy schedule.
“Helping those in need is found throughout almost every book of the Bible. It is our responsibility as Christians to respond to these needs,” says Kuhn.
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Department of Social Work