The annual WCU Sleep Out is a program created to increase awareness of hunger and homelessness. The program is held during the week of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness. Students, faculty, staff, and community members pledge to sleep outside between the hours of 6pm and 6am to show their support for hunger and homeless awareness. Family members, friends, and other supporters make donations for each hour that the person they are supporting "sleeps out". Donations are split between Chester County agencies that support the fight to end hunger and homelessness.
In 2011 the first annual WCU Sleep Out had over 250 participants sleep out on the residential quad. We were able to raise over $700, 480 canned goods, along with blankets, scarves, and toiletry items that were divided amongst Chester County shelters and food cupboards. For 2012 we hope to have over 300 students, faculty, staff, and community members participate and to raise even more food, money, and clothing for the hungry and homeless of Chester County. Will you join us?