Another year of Cardboard Village has come and gone. After weeks of collecting boxes and hours of designing and putting together cardboard houses, it all came together on September 13 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning. The WC campus community came together to raise money for Wilmington’s homeless shelter and bring awareness about homelessness that exists not only in Wilmington, but also in places all around America.
Individual students and campus organizations participated in this event, donating money and time to the cause. Megan McDonough, a senior who has been involved for four years now in this event as a student and three years as a SLEB member, shares that her favorite part was “getting to spend time with my friends, as well as members of other organizations, to raise awareness and funds for such a meaningful cause… in a unique and immersive way.” She and many others who have participated in Cardboard Village took away memories as well as a deeper understanding of the situation that the homeless are confronted with each day.
There were many themes presented this year, including a cardboard structure built in the shape of a castle and a dog-house as well. Everyone could creatively choose what they wished to build, and each group was part of a contest and was judged according to their creativity. Ultimately everyone was a winner for participating in such a good cause and a night full of memories as well as lessons. Freshman Alisha Parker comments, “My favorite part was the couple hours where everybody was done building and we [spent time] without phones or anything interrupting. It definitely made it more real without having electronics because many people who are less fortunate do not have that connection.” Those who are homeless must also face the elements, and participants in this year’s cardboard village got a small taste of that as temperatures dipped to 47 degrees that night. Everyone involved took valuable lessons from the event.
Cardboard Village is only one of the many possibilities to volunteer and get involved on the Wilmington campus. For more information on volunteering and service work, go to the Center for Service and Civic Engagement and get involved.