Homeless for a night, Delta Upsilon braved the Cold for a Cause

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Austyn Shumard

Sophomore Brandon Collins with the banner for 2x4's for Hope.

For the first weekend in the month of February, the men from the Delta Upsilon fraternity at Culver-Stockton College and some volunteers  stood and slept outside of the Hy-vee on Broadway in Quincy, Ill. to raise money for their annual homeless rally.  This year, the charity that the money will be sent to is a local non-profit organization that builds small houses for homeless veterans, as well as taking mission trips to Haiti, 2×4’s for Hope.

According to sophomore psychology major Austyn Shumard, the fraternity’s goal was to raise $1,500. While Delta Upsilon did not achieve the goal, they were close.

“Our goal was $1,500,” said Shumard, “which was about $700 more than what we made last year.  We were about $200 short of that, but we hope to continue raising funds for them even though the homeless rally is over.”

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We were about $200 short of that, but we hope to continue raising funds for them even though the homeless rally is over.  We hope overall to collect $5,000 this year, preferably before November 2020.”

— Austyn Shumard

This is the type of event that required one to be sociable, as members and volunteers had to talk to others and explain why they were out in the cold, and what 2×4’s for Hope does for the community.

“It was time consuming, but I found that the end result was worth all the effort put in,” commented Shumard.

Along with this event, the fraternity will be hosting another philanthropy event in March, with their Global Service Initiative (GSI) Hair Dye, where the men will collect funds to donate to Jamaica.