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October 22, 2008

One Community, One Voice

Oct. 22, 2008
Media Contact: Michelle Wade
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One Community, One Voice
A concert to benefit the homeless this winter

On Sunday, November 2, 2008 Yale acapella groups will be performing at Battell Chapel from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to benefit Shelter Now, an initiativeprogram supported by Columbus House and Yale Hunger and Homeless Action Project (YHHAP)to raise $100,000 to fund keep open New Haven’s emergency shelters from November through April. Many prominent Yale acapella groups agreed to perform for free in order to support Shelter Now, and make the concert possible.

Eliza Schafler, a YHHAP member said, "As the acapella benefit concert demonstrates, Shelter Now is important not just to students within the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project, but to all Yale students. We are moved to help because Shelter Now is a fight to save lives in our own neighborhood, to preserve a basic human right for people in our community. Yet we also understand that shelter is more than just immediate relief; it is a first crucial step for those struggling with poverty toward a better life."

“Due to today’s struggling economy and as winter approaches, many of the New Haven shelters are filling up quickly leaving no room for additional people. This is the time when we as a community need to come together and protect out neighbors. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all,” said Cecily Jones, volunteer engagement coordinator of United Way of Greater New Haven.
Tickets will be available at the door, $5 for students, and $10 for adults; children accompanied by adults will be admitted free. The Whiffenpoofs, Whim ‘n Rhythm, Something Extra, The Duke’s Men, The New Blue, The Spizzwinks (?), Redhot & Blue, The Society of Orpheus and Bacchus, Shades, and The Academia Nuts are all scheduled to perform.
Join us in the fight to keep New Haven’s overflow shelters open this winter. For further information, contact Cecily Jones at (203) 691-42211 or CJones@uwgnh.org.
About United Way:
United Way brings together the caring power of people to create change in our region and to improve lives. We strive to be a catalyst for identifying community needs and opportunities for change; to focus on specific community priority areas and initiatives through which we have the best opportunities to improve lives and change conditions; and to engage donors, organizations and community leaders to improve the social and civic health of our region.
More information about United Way’s work to improve lives and communities can be found at http://www.uwgnh.org/.

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