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Cardboard nation will allow well-off to experience homelessness

Proceeds go to Green River Homeless Ministries

By Andrew Stinson, CU student news writer

Do you know how it feels to be homeless? You'll get the chance April 18-19, 2008 on Campbellsville University's campus.

Campbellsville University's Carver School of Social Work will be presenting "Cardboard Nation: A Homeless Experience" beginning April 18, 2008, at 6:00pmCT/7:00pmET. and going until April 19, 2008 at 6:00amCT/7:00amET on Stapp Lawn of CU.

"Cardboard Nation's" purpose is to expose the public to the truth about homeless living with all proceeds from the event going to Green River Ministries Homeless Shelter and Food Pantry.

Registrants for the event will "rent" space starting at a minimum of $25 with a $100 goal for each person attending. The more "rent" you pay, the larger the cardboard box you will be given to sleep in during your night of homelessness. A soup line will begin at 6:30pmCT/7:30pmET.

In order to fully experience the situation, it is requested that you only bring one sleeping bag and one pillow. Chad Baconnier, president of the Social Workers in Touch Can Help (S.W.I.T.C.H.) Club, said "Remember, to a homeless person, a pillow is a luxury." They also ask that you leave food, drinks, cell phones, laptops and video games behind.

The event will take place on Stapp Lawn if weather conditions are suitable. If raining, the event will be moved to a parking lot. Regardless, the event will take place. It is all part of the realization of what the homeless live with everyday.

"We wanted to make a big impact," Baconnier said. "We wanted to do a fundraiser on a large scale with a social work twist that would leave an impact. This is what we came up with."

Many activities will be taking place at the event. Group skits, a scavenger hunt and acoustic music presented by CU's Oasis Band will all be taking place. Contests will also be happening throughout the night with door prizes, as well as a special prize for the person with the most money raised.Green River Ministries Homeless Shelter is in the process of building a new homeless shelter that will house many more residents.

With Cardboard Nation, the S.W.I.T.C.H. Club and Carver School of Social Work hope to raise money and awareness that will help the process move much faster.

To find out more on the event, or to get a registration form or pledge form, contact Misty Willis at the Carver School of Social Work at (270) 789-5049, or e-mail at "Rent" is due April 11.

"This is your chance to make a difference. It's a time for good friends, great fellowship and a priceless experience," said Baconnier.

This story was posted on 2008-04-05 03:13:07
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