Civitan Club Extends Sign-Up Dates for Homeless Awareness Campout

HPU High Point University Homeless Campout

Civitan Club member Jennifer Pearson encourages participants to donate toiletry items and nonperishable foods during the event so she can create “blessing bags” for the homeless.

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 19, 2013 – The High Point University Civitan Club is extending the sign-up dates for the Homeless Awareness Campout event that the club is hosting to benefit Open Door Ministries and other partner agencies working to end homelessness.

The event is open to the public and will kick off at 7 p.m. on March 22 in the former J.C. Penney parking lot at Oak Hollow Mall in High Point. During the event, HPU students, faculty and staff, members of the community and members of Open Door Ministries will camp in sleeping bags in the parking lot. HPU is providing the location for the event, and HPU Aramark will provide a complimentary breakfast to all campout participants.

After the kick-off, activities will be offered for participants as well as personal testimonies from homeless individuals. Participants are encouraged to bring donations for homeless people such as basic toiletries and nonperishable foods.

Community members who do not have a tent and/or sleeping bag are still welcome and encouraged to participate in the Friday evening activities.

To sign up, please contact Dr. Daniel Hall, faculty adviser to the group, by email at through March 22. More information is also available on the group’s public Facebook page at or by searching “Civitan Homeless Awareness Campout” on Facebook.

“The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about the difficulties faced by more than 1,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in Guilford County,” says Hall, assistant professor of economics at HPU. “We will also be raising funds for community partners who are currently providing shelter and assistance to the homeless.”

HPU serves as the primary host, and Open Door Ministries, West End Ministries and Partners Ending Homelessness are also serving as community partners for the event.

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