Toilet Paper Drive for Freedom House!

The Network and the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership ask you to join them in reaching out to the international community right here in Detroit:

We will be holding a toilet paper collection contest the week of February 27 – Mar 2, 2012: all donations will go to Freedom House Detroit (see below for more information on Freedom House).  

  • Each professor has the opportunity to choose if they want their class to be a part of this event.  It is our hope that many of you will choose to participate.
  • All you will need to do is notify Network (via email by TUESDAY Feb. 14th at 5pm) and we will arrange a pickup of the toilet paper from your classroom.  Email:
  • We will come to your class (at a pre-designated time) to collect the donations.  It is our goal to ensure that classroom disruption is kept to a minimum.
  • The class donating the largest amount (greatest number of rolls) of toilet paper will win a meal on us.  (We will provide either breakfast (bagels or donuts and coffee) for morning classes or pizza and soda for afternoon or evening classes.
  • We believe this contest gives students an opportunity to connect with Marygrove’s mission of compassion, social justice, and getting involved.  Student’s contributions will have a very direct impact on the lives of the residence at Freedom House.

More on Freedom House:

Freedom House is located on West Lafayette in Detroit (right next to the Ambassador Bridge)  The organization was founded in 1983 by the Detroit Windsor Refugee Association — a group originally formed to help refugees from El Salvador.

MISSION:  Freedom House is a temporary home for survivors of persecution from around the world seeking legal shelter in the United States or Canada.  The mission is to uphold the American principle, one inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, of providing safety for “those yearning to breathe free.”

Guided by the belief that all people deserve the right to live free from oppression, and to be treated with justice, compassion, and dignity, the goal is to offer a continuum of care and services to people living in their shelter, as well as to other refugees in need, and to advocate for systemic changes that more fully recognize the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

SERVICES:  Food and Shelter, legal services, medical and mental health services, education and job training, transitional housing, and public education.

Here is a link to a Jack Lessenberry story about Freedom House if you are interested in additional information:

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