Homelessness Awareness Week (HAW) will take place April 24th - April 28th, 2017. If you are interested in volunteering at any of the HAW events or would like more information please contact scs@calpoly.edu or (805) 756-5834.


Monday, April 24, 10:30am - 12:30pm: Bench Restoration @ Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter

Help us restore benches at the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter! We will be sanding and painting benches so that they can be utilized at local shelters.  

Sign up here: Volunteer Sign-Up

Tuesday, April 25, 12 hour shifts between 9am and 5pm (9-11am, 11am-1pm, 1-3pm, 3-5pm) : Habitat for Humanity ReStore Clean up

187 Tank Farm Rd #130, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore is a non-profit donation center that sells new and slightly used appliances to the public at a fraction of the original price. All proceeds go towards local communities and shelters in SLO. As of late, an influx donations have been arriving at the ReStore, so volunteers are needed to help organize these donations. The more accessible the ReStore donations are, the easier it will be to sell appliances, and consequently, more proceeds can be given to the community!

Volunteer Sign-Up

Wednesday, April 26, 8pm : Documentary Screening, UU Plaza

UU Plaza
Join us and bundle up in the UU Plaza to eat popcorn and watch the 2014 short documentary Storied Streets, in which Filmmakers Thomas A. Morgan and Jack Henry Robbins travel across the United States exploring the issue of homelessness.

Volunteer Sign-Up

Thursday, April 27, 11:10am – 12:10pm: Homelessness in SLO Awareness Presentation

Center for Service in Action (52-E22)
Join us UU Hour for a presentation by faculty members at the Community Action Partnership SLO to discuss the realities of homelessness in the happiest city in America.

Friday, April 28, 12pm – 3pm: Barbecue at Mitchell Park

Mitchell Park, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA
Student Community Services is hosting members of the homeless community of San Luis Obispo at a lunch barbecue at Mitchell Park Saturday at noon.

Volunteer Sign-Up

Saturday, April 30, 9am – 1pm: Race For Prado

Maxine Lewis Family Shelter 750 Orcutt Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Join SCS as we partner with the Community Action Partnership and 40 Prado in the first ever Amazing Race style homelessness awareness event. Teams will compete to race from the Maxine Lewis family shelter to the Prado day center with challenges and obstacles to complete along the way relating to homelessness in San Luis Obispo. The event will end with lunch provided by the Prado center and a group reflection at the future sight of SLO's brand new wide-reaching homeless services center, 40 Prado. Email scscalpoly@gmail.com. for more info or sign up now below! Volunteer Sign-Up

If you are a Cal Poly Student and feel that you are experiencing short term or critical financial needs, including food or housing insecurity, below is a brief list of available resources.


1.Cal Poly Students with Short Term Financial Need
A.Cal Poly Hunger Program
I. “Ensures all students have access to nutritious meals each day in order to stay focused on their education and success at Cal Poly. Any student is welcome to use these free, confidential, no-hassle services.”
II. Meal Vouchers to 19 Metro Station
III. Cal Poly Food Pantry
1. “Any students can choose from a wide variety of packaged and canned foods, fresh produce, frozen meals, and personal hygiene products.”
2. Campus Health & Wellbeing (Building 27, Lower Level (PULSE office)), Phone: 805-756-6181 Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. , Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

2.Cal Poly Cares
a. Cal Poly Foundation Fund: Grant (Up to $2,000 - with greater assistance available)
I.“housing and meals, academic supplies and materials, personal care items, professional clothing and unplanned emergencies”
II.Cal Poly Food Pantry

3.CalFresh Outreach Program (Federally Funded)
a. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
b. 805-399-0236 or email calfreshhelp805@gmail.com
c. On Campus: Mondays from 10 am – 2 pm in Building 27, Room 173B (Campus Health and Wellbeing). No appointment needed

4. Point of Contact: Dean of Students Office Building 52-E11
a.“If a student is experiencing on-going hardships, please contact the Dean of Students Office for additional counseling and resources.”
b. Short Term Loan Type Program: “$300 - $500 – repayment period may not exceed 90 days”

Please contact Student Community Services at scs@calpoly.edu with any questions or concerns.


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