Shack City sheds light on homeless issue


Staff Report



MOUNT GILEAD — How does it feel to be homeless? … and hungry, lonely and no place to sleep?

In an effort to bring awareness to the plight of homeless Ohioans, The United Way of Morrow County will present “Shack City 2017” on the square in Mount Gilead, beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 and ending at 1 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19.

Adults, Students, Youth Groups and Organizations are invited to use cardboard boxes and tape — instead of wood and nails — to build their homes for one evening. Raise awareness for those who live with no roof over their head. Speakers throughout the evening share their experiences with homelessness, addiction and life on the streets.

A $40 (minimum) in sponsorships admits your group of 5 or more to “Shack City” or $10 per person. Hot dogs, snacks and drinks will be provided. Boxes and tape also provided.

Participants and their parent/guardian must sign and bring the “Release and Waiver of Liability” form. Youth under 18 years of age must also bring the signed participant permission form.

Adults/volunteers will chaperone. Groups of five or more must bring their own adult chaperone.

For more info or to help, contact Jodi Hayes, Executive Director, The United Way of Morrow County. 900 Meadow Drive Suite B. Mount Gilead, OH 43338, or call 419-946-2053 or email jodi@unitedwayofmorrowcounty.com.

Staff Report