Drive to end homelessness

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.


APO members Taylor Kroness, Tim Valli and Claire Taylor promote donating to Project Homeless Connect. The organization had collected $20 in change as of Wednesday afternoon.

“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.”


Megan Callahan educates her peers about homelessness in Columbia. This was the first year APO had teamed up to fundraise for Project Homeless Connect.

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.