For several years running, Middle Georgia State University faculty member Liz Riley has been among the campers at the Greater Macon Sleepout, an annual event to raise money to help homeless members of the community.
Riley, an associate professor in the School of Business, talks openly about losing a brother to alcoholism and homelessness, so the fundraiser is close to her heart. This year, she wondered if any student organizations might like to participate. The Student Affairs office helped put out the word, but Riley kept her expectations low.
“I hoped maybe one student group might be interested, but the sleepout is a little different from other service opportunities,” she said. “It’s sleeping outdoors overnight, possibly in the cold. That’s nothing compared to what many homeless people experience every day, but still …”
To her pleasant surprise, three Middle Georgia State (MGA) student organizations stepped up. Come sundown on Thursday, February 28, a total of about 15 University students who are members of the groups will be sleeping under the stars to help raise money for Daybreak, a downtown Macon center that provides a variety of services to the homeless.
“I’ve been floored by the response,” Riley said.
Learn more about how MGA students, faculty and staff are stepping up and stepping out in solidarity with the homeless.