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Nazareth Cardboard City Raises Awareness, Oct. 21

  • Published: October 17, 2011

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Erin Carroll, Nazareth Habitat for Humanity


Tiffany Paine, Flower City Habitat for Humanity


Media: Julie Long (585) 389-2456

Nazareth Cardboard City Raises Awareness, Oct. 21

On October 21 as residents of the Greater Rochester area lay their heads on their pillows, student-advocates from Nazareth College will be resting their heads on cardboard. A group of students at Nazareth College have formed a Habitat for Humanity club, which, they hope will become an internationally-recognized campus chapter. In order to get the word out regarding the housing crisis in the United States and around the world, the group has decided to hold a “Cardboard City”. These students will be spending their Friday night in cardboard boxes, while participating in activities to learn about homelessness and the lack of affordable housing worldwide. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. at the College's Natapow Quad (near Clocktower behind Shults Center).

Here is a schedule of events:

7:30-8:00 P.M - Opening Speakers
8:00 P.M - 9:00 P.M - Amnesty International Advocacy & Center for Youth Outreach Van
9:00 P.M - Film Presentation (weather permitting)
10:00 P.M -Reflection Circles / Cardboard City Book Reflections / Free-Time / Instruments Welcome


The group of students began to form in the early part of 2011 and expect to be recognized by Habitat for Humanity International by year end. The founder of the group, Nicholas Croce, says, “I’m constantly impressed by the dedication of my colleagues here and the support we’re given by the Nazareth and community at large.” Flower City Habitat for Humanity is the regional affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, International.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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