By Stephanie Castillo
Students in the Social Work Student Union have organized donations for the Midnight Run, an annual outreach event that aids Madison’s homeless community.
The Midnight Run is organized by Friends of the State Street Family, a volunteer organization that provides resources for homeless people in Madison.
During this event, Friends of the State Street Family collect and distribute survival gear to members of the homeless community that have reached their stay limit in the shelters.
In Madison, over 400 people sleep outside each evening, according to the Friends of the State Street Family. In 2012, over 1,600 individuals were turned away from Dane County shelters.
Social Work Student Union member Robin Matthies began organizing donations after learning about the Midnight Run while delivering supplies to local homeless shelters in December.
“A small group of us gathered some donations and brought them to the shelters, where we met Friends of State Street Family,” Matthies said. “We’ve been involved ever since.”
Members of the Social Work Student Union rallied together with Matthies and put out donation boxes around the School. Collected items included backpacks, sleeping bags, tents and blankets.
“Even if it’s not the biggest effort, what’s important is that we’re making some effort to create...