Members of Alpha Phi Omega corralled students passing by Lowry Mall Tuesday morning to donate to the homeless community. The co-ed service fraternity is working in partnership with honors fraternity Phi Sigma Pi to raise money and donations for Project Homeless Connect.
“We are collecting hats, backpacks, hygeine products and spare change,” member Tom Valli said.
The goal of the drive is to raise awareness of homelessness in Columbia. Project Homeless Connect is a national organization and works to end the problem of homelessness around the country.
“The most rewarding thing is knowing that we have an impact on helping the community,” Chapter Relations Chair Megan Callahan said. “A lot of people don’t realize that homeless people don’t want to be on the street. This is kind of a bridge to get them back on track.”
The organization has been publicizing the drive since Monday and will continue until Wednesday. Students can donate money and supplies until the end of the week.