Jumbos for Nonprofits organized students for an overnight Res Quad event to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition
On Friday night, November 17, the Tufts student organization Jumbos for Nonprofits (JFN) collaborated with the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC) to host Sleep Out 2023, an educational dialogue and fundraiser. Students joined SHC staff and formerly unhoused community members to spend the night on the Residential Quad on the Medford/Somerville campus, showing solidarity with those experiencing hunger and homelessness in our local community.
Emilia Rosinski, JFN co-president, said she woke up Saturday to the sound of rain on her tent. “The first thing I thought was, ‘The rain sounds so peaceful hitting the top of my tent.’ But the second thing that came to mind was that so many people experiencing homelessness don’t even have a tent with a tarp over it, protecting them from the rain, as I did. Having it rain when I woke up helped bring me back to the intention of the event: to spread awareness and support for SHC’s most vulnerable clients.”
Jumbos for Nonprofits allocates funding to local nonprofits while training future leaders in the process. JFN’s student members also organize service projects and speaker events and promote conversations about the social sector.