Coe, Willis Dady offer Veteran and Homeless Resource Fair

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-01-16 10:19:52 - General

The Coe College Office of Community Engagement, in partnership with the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter, will host a Veteran and Homeless Resource Fair for the veteran and homeless populations of Cedar Rapids. The event will be held on Monday, Jan. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. During the opening ceremony, Coe student Briana Gipson will speak to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and why it leads us to serve veterans in his honor.

The group will be providing various services for veterans, including courses on mental health/self-care, financial literacy and resume building/job skills. There will also be an organization fair during the provided lunch, and a room for networking between veterans over coffee. Each veteran will receive three gift bags for attending the event with various items that support the needs of veterans or the homeless. Student volunteers for this experience will learn about the cycles of poverty and homelessness, as well as the needs of veterans and how they relate to each other.

Grant makes program possible

The Veteran and Homeless Resource Fair is made possible in part through a $2,000 grant awarded to Coe College to fund an MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project. More than 60 institutions applied for the grants, which were awarded by Iowa Campus Compact (IACC). The MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project provides funding for service projects that help alleviate hunger and support veterans.

"We are pleased to receive this MLK grant and work with the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter to provide special programming to assist our veterans," said Coe Director of Community Engagement Kayla Lyftogt. "While Coe students have long been active with volunteerism on MLK Day, this grant provides Coe students with the opportunity to expand their outreach in new ways."

The purpose of the MLK Day Community Partnership Project is to mobilize college students, community members and community organizations to observe MLK Day not as "day off," but as a "day on."

The MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and supported by four other State Campus Compact partners: Campus Compact of the Mountain West, New York Campus Compact, North Carolina Campus Compact, and Wisconsin Campus Compact.