By EDWARD HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Two dozen members of the Delta Upsilon fraternity from Culver-Stockton College will conduct a homeless rally from 8 a.m. Saturday to noon Sunday on the parking lot of the Hy-Vee store at 3700 Broadway in Quincy.
The students, joined by some supporters, plan to camp out in large cardboard boxes to call attention to the challenges facing homeless people. The students also will be collecting donations of nonperishable food, clothing and money, with all proceeds benefiting Madonna House in Quincy, which serves women in crisis and their children.
Tyler Hast, the fraternity's philanthropy chairman, said the community service project is intended to raise awareness about homelessness and hunger issues facing many people in the region.
"This is about our brotherhood sending a message to the community," Hast said.
"As a brotherhood, we get the satisfaction of being able to help and being able to better understand people in need."
Hast said Delta Upsilon is the world's largest and oldest nonsecret fraternity, founded in 1834. He said the fraternity's C-SC chapter has been hosting a homeless rally annually for nearly 25 years.
"It's been a huge, long-standing tradition with our house," he said.
This year the rally might be even more productive than usual because for the first time fraternity members are soliciting donations in advance based on how much time an individual member will spend at the rally, which lasts 28 hours.
Hast said many Culver-Stockton faculty members, staff and parents already have pledged donations, and others are welcome to drop off cash during the rally.
"We've already raised quite a bit of money, and I'm really excited about actually getting out there and doing it," said Hast, a freshman music major taking part in the rally for the first time.
Visitors also are welcome to drop off clothing and canned goods. Clothing of all sizes for children, women and men will be accepted. Hast said Madonna House clients will be given the first opportunity to take whatever clothing they need. Any remaining clothing will be given to a shelter in Canton, Mo., or the Quincy Salvation Army for distribution to the needy.