October 5, 2014
Students on grounds at UVa pitched a tent and are sleeping outside for the homeless. The sleep out is an effort to help students raise money and awareness for the homeless population.
It also gives students a taste of how uncomfortable and hard those conditions may be for people who don't have shelter. The event is in its 9th year on grounds and was put together by the Jewish Social Justice Council.
The sleep out also featured a speech given by a rep from the local PACEM Shelter.
"Young people are thinking outside of their own lives, that they are coming to support those that are less fortunate, those who have greater needs, and they're aware of this," said Dawn Grzegorczyk, executive director of PACEM Shelter.
"We feel really passionate, we realize there is a problem, homelessness, everywhere, but in Charlottesville in particular, the students, you know we see it, we go to the corner we go to the downtown mall, and we see these people out on the streets and we really don't know what to do and it's hard sometimes," said Callum Weinberg, a 3rd year student.
More than 35 students have signed up to join the two night sleep out on grounds.