Auction aims to alleviate hunger and homelessness in New Haven
Student and faculty members of the health and medicine programs at Yale will again join forces this month to raise awareness and money for the hungry and homeless in Greater New Haven.
This initiative takes place during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, scheduled for Nov. 14-20. The culmination of the event is the annual Hunger and Homelessness Auction, which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. in the Harkness Hall Ballroom & Marigolds Lounge on Cedar Street.
The auction was established in 1993 by students at the Schools of Medicine and Public Health who were interested in alleviating hunger and homelessness in the Greater New Haven area. The whimsical donations — ranging from a week in a London flat to sushi-making lessons — are sold to the highest bidder during both live and silent auctions. The spirit of the auctions is rounded out by a week-long series of events including relevant lectures, a canned food drive, and additional fund-raisers.
Last year, the auction raised over $29,000 to benefit the following organizations:
- Emergency Shelter Management Service
- Community Health Care Van
- Loaves and Fishes
- Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven
- Community Soup Kitchen
- Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen
- Columbus House
- New Haven Home Recovery
- Christian Community Action
The organizers welcome volunteers and donations. For more information, including a complete schedule of the week’s activities, visit the Hunger & Homelessness Auction website.