By Emily Rosman, ’17
St. Bonaventure University's Counseling Education program, along with the Phi Rho Counseling Honor Society, hosted its annual Hut-A-Thon to raise awareness about homelessness and mental illness.
Phi Rho is the St. Bonaventure chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators.
Members of Phi Rho set up an actual hut and collected money throughout the weekend. The $1,050 collected were donated to the Genesis House, which is a homeless shelter in Olean, N.Y.
The Hut-A-Thon took place Feb 26-28. The volunteers collecting money chose to target high traffic times on campus, including after a men’s basketball game. They also gave out candy as mini-rewards to those who donated to the Hut-A-Thon.
“It was a lot of preparation, but knowing that the Genesis House is being given a generous donation is rewarding,” said Erin Pruess, School of Education graduate assistant and president of Phi Rho. “We hope that the tradition continues and that next year we can make even more of a difference in the community.”
Additionally, Dr. Alan Silliker, program director of Counselor Education, sends his gratitude to “the maintenance crew for having set up our hut adjacent to the RC…and to all contributors and the counseling students who stood in the frigid temperatures to collect contributions. They were very energetic in their efforts to attract contributions from students, staff, faculty and the local community.”
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