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Oakton Community College's Shantytown Turns the Spotlight on Homelessness

Oakton Community College students will spend the night of November 27 in a shanty to help raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.

Every night in Illinois, an estimated 14,000 people experience some form of homelessness. Between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, more than 30 Oakton student clubs will call attention to this devastating problem by filling the , with temporary shanties built out of discarded material. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, students will spend the night in their shanties to help raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.

Stop by from 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 27 to meet the builders and vote for your favorite shanty by making a donation to the “Change for Change” paint can outside the door. Enjoy a campfire, hot chocolate, cider, and music by the Folktons featuring Oakton employees.

Sponsored by Oakton’s Habitat Chapter, the second annual Shantytown builds on the success of last year’s event. “We’re adding a new twist this year,” says Habitat Chapter faculty advisor Marvin Bornschlegl. “Because Nov. 27 is a Tuesday, our students will have to get up after a cold, uncomfortable night in their shanties and head for school, work, and other obligations the next morning. There’s no better way to gain some real perspective on homelessness.”

A special presentation on Tuesday, December 4, will feature the Shantytown inhabitants, as well as a discussion about homelessness within the Oakton community. The free “post-Shantytown” event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at the College’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, in Room C133.

For more details, contact Bornschlegl at (847) 635-1845 or mbornsch@oakton.edu.

Related: Check out Oakton's Shantytown event in 2011.

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