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DU helps out Project Homeless Connect

students at Project Homeless Connect

More than 400 DU students, faculty and staff helped out at Project Homeless Connect 9 at Coors Field on May 22.

More than 400 University of Denver students, faculty and staff descended on Denver’s Coors Field on Saturday to volunteer their time and talent to Project Homeless Connect 9.

Project Homeless Connect provides a “one-stop shop” where Denver’s homeless can access a variety of social support services, including health care, legal advice, job counseling and more.

The event helped more than 760 members of Denver’s homeless population. For the past four years, DU has been among the top organizations providing volunteers to the event.

Megan Pendley Pickett, DU’s assistant director for campus activities, volunteered in the event’s child care program, which looks after children while parents get help at the event’s many services and programs. Pendley Pickett cited DU’s multi-year commitment to Project Homeless Connect as an example of how important the campus community views public service.

“What we said in all of our training sessions is that DU is a private university dedicated to the public good,” Pendley Pickett says. “Even though it’s no longer on campus, it’s still important to our students, faculty and staff to give up their time on a weekend and help out.”

The University hosted previous spring Project Homeless Connect events from 2006­–08.


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