Project Non Nobis Solum ensures students who live on campus and experience food or housing insecurities have an avenue to seek support, especially during academic break periods. While this problem is not always easily identifiable, the prevalence of college students who experience – or fear – homelessness and going hungry is significant. This is especially so at open-access institutions like Washburn University. By supporting Project Non Nobis Solum, you can show these students they no longer need to be alone in their struggle. Our goal is to raise $2,500 on Day of Giving. This type of coming together as a greater Washburn community brings action to Washburn’s motto, “Non Nobis Solum.”
There are five goals to Project Non Nobis Solum:
- Prevent students unable to pay for housing or food during break from leaving campus and putting themselves in potentially unsafe environments. The approximate cost of housing and food over a break is $37 per day.
- Create awareness about issues of food and housing insecurities directly impacting Washburn students.
- Assist off-campus students in an unsafe situation with temporary housing and food.
- Provide homemade care packages for students who have self-disclosed or who have been referred to Residential Living by other offices as a student who has experienced homelessness or hunger, students who lack a safe place to go over break periods and students who struggle to purchase personal toiletries. These care packages will serve as a gift of welcome and support to show students they are a part of the Washburn community and family.
- Engage students who stay over break periods in a program or outing in the Topeka community to create a memory they want to remember and share. Potential activities include a trip to the Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park, a movie or a dinner.