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foodbank.jpegSophomore and biology major, Bianca Rose was one of 14 students who went to Portland, Oregon last year to tackle hunger and homelessness issues during her spring beak. She was interested in the program because she had done some volunteering through Catholic Charities in Santa Rosa where she served meals to the homeless.

"Seeing people's hungry faces the first time that I volunteered at the shelter broke my heart, and at that point I became determined to continue to help them," Rose said. She became determined to attend the Portland Alternative Break because it was focused on hunger and homelessness. "I knew that participating on this trip would educate me more about the topic and give me an opportunity to help the cause," she said.

jump.jpegAs many as 3.5 million Americans experiences homelessness in a giver year-- that's about 842,000 a week. SSU's Join Us Making Progress (JUMP) hosts National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, a week long series of events intended to encourage understanding and promote compassion.

The week of activities kicks off with a blanket making activity and a special screening of Academy-Award winning film The Blind Side, on Monday, Nov. 17 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Beaujolais Meeting Room. The cost of admission is one canned food item for donation.

rp-animal-shelter-jump.jpgSonoma Serves student volunteers from the SAE fraternity work hard at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter.

By Angela Hart, Rohnert Park Patch
September 24, 2011

Five hundred Sonoma State students blanketed Sonoma County Saturday, September 24 for the university's biggest volunteer drive of the year, called "Sonoma Serves."

Volunteers were deployed to 21 service areas throughout the county -- 200 volunteers cleaned up Lake Sonoma, crews built a fence at at Crane Creek Regional Park, removed nonnative vegetation from Rohnert Park City Hall, cleaned bike and pedestrian paths along the city's network of creeks, lent a helping hand at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter, harvested produce at Petaluma Bounty and assisted at the Redwood Empire Food Bank -- just to name a few.

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