Each piece is strategically placed in the park, allowing visitors to admire and read about the individual nuances of each sculpture. While some are more obvious, others like, Trombly’s Caution, focus on challenging onlookers’ perceptions of art.
The artwork is visible during the day but Central Park is lit with their special features during the evening hours as well.
Guest curator and organizer, Suzanne Delehanty, aimed to encompass the natural aesthetic of Winter Park while incorporating modern art into its scenery.
While some buyers opt-out on heavy shopping during the holidays, some patron retailers who donate to charity during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Forever 21 has partnered with Soles4Souls to donate one article of clothing for every piece of clothing that’s bought by the store’s shoppers.
Efforts like Forever21’s eases the worries of some.
“I know Forever21 is a good company because they always donate to charity during Christmas time. I also love them because they put John 3:16 on the bottom of their bags,” said Laurika Jude, a Caribbean native and Forever 21 patron of over five years.
Socially-conscious social media users and shoppers worry about being sucked into the ever-growing consumerism that America has fallen victim to.
The retailer has pledged to donate clothing up to $1.5 Mill to the non-profit. Sole4Souls is an organization whose mantra is, “Wearing out poverty,” a slogan that compliments Forever21’s CEO, Don Won Chang’s beliefs.
Donate to Soles4Souls this season by purchasing from Forever21’s website or locally in stores.
The city of Orlando’s commissioners recently invested $1.5 million in rapid housing – otherwise known as the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. The program prevents chronic homelessness among families and destitute individuals by providing them with monetary assistance and rental assistance including utility deposits.
An average one bedroom apartment rents for $957 within 10 miles of the city of Orlando. The estimate doesn’t include utilities or food expenses.
According to Forbes, the cost of living in the Orlando-Sanford-Kissimmee area is .4 percent higher than the national average.
According to the calculator provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the living wage is defined as the hourly amount in which an individual should earn by working full-time in order to support his or her family.
The living wage in Orange County is $11.13 per hour for a single adult with no children. The poverty wage is $5.00 per hour and the minimum wage is $7.93.
The problem exists because the minimum wage is closer to the poverty wage than it is the actual living wage.
An income of $23,151 is estimated to be an adequate amount to cover living expenses in Orange County.
The central Florida public administration isn’t the only entity combatting homelessness in the city. Florida Hospital is replacing ER visits with homes for the homeless community.
The hospital is dedicating $6 million to diminish homelessness.
Hawaii’s impending homeless issue has inspired other states to pay attention to their own backyards. With 487 homeless people per 100,000 people, the state has been forced to resolve one of its most pressing problems.
Though New York City is renowned for its homeless population – the city’s government has announced that it will be investing $2.6 billion to provide 15,000 homes over the next decade and a half to its dispossessed.
While the rate of homelessness in the United States continues to rise and the dollar continues to decrease in value, it’s imperative that city officials continue to solve the issues of the people.
The hungry college student motif has been a cliché among filmmakers and in American households. But now food insecurity among college students is a serious issue that’s being tackled by some of the nation’s most powerful representatives.
Like Russell, thousands of other college students are applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. By taking out more college loans, low-income students are able to survive high tuition costs, books, clothing, home internet and other living essentials.
There’s an outcry for SNAP benefits among college students on social media sites like Twitter.
Even more than the difficulty of staying afloat during the academic school year, students face even more trials during college breaks.
The Huffington Post reported that as of winter 2013, 33,000 college students were homeless. Universities that close their dormitories during holiday seasons inadvertently cut the safety of their students in the process.
Some students who are without shelter, shower and even sleep in the buildings on college campuses.
Sen. Murray was quoted by the Washington Post about her opinion on homeless university students.
“For many students, higher education can be a ticket to the middle class, so it is vitally important that students from all walks of life have the chance to go to college, further their education, and succeed,” she said.
Professionals and activists alike are growing in awareness and advocacy for homelessness among college students. Since the emergence of the trending topic #HomelessatHoward – social media users and the public are becoming more aware of the growing epidemic. Jawanza Ingram, the now homeless Howard University student, has sparked meaningful conversation online about his dilemma. His case has become increasingly popular and has sparked healthy debate among social media users.
Like Weber, Bonne Stabile is an educator and a student of the government and its policies. While she teaches at George Mason University, she also hosts forums on homelessness, health and poverty as an advocate for the voiceless. She tweeted about a forum she held on GMU’s campus about homeless college students on Nov. 5.
Stabile uses her status and knowledge to promote empathy among her peers and the student body.
The thought-provoking piece uncovers the issue of students having nowhere to live during campus breaks and holidays. A luxury most students take for granted.
Journalists, too, use their audience to advocate protection and support for these students. The Huffington Post’sShadee Ashtari opened the eyes of readers by pointing out that homeless students live ‘double lives’. Ashtari attends UCLA and has written several socially-conscious pieces for the Post.
Facebook and Twitter aren’t the only places where social activists are communing to garner attention toward world issues. Google+ has communities that specifically cater to diverse issues like collegiate homelessness.
Foster children who have aged-out of the system are among the most neglected and impoverished among American youth.
Even the professionals and highly-educated members of the LinkedIn community are no strangers to destitute student-life.
Benjamin Taylor is the Chief Data Scientist at HireVue; an online company that integrates the intimacies of human interaction with business. He chose to immerse himself in a homeless lifestyle while he was attending college. He shared his experience with his LinkedIn connections.
Brigette Rogers wrote a post that was unique from that of Taylor’s in that it focuses on students who aren’t impoverished by choice but by force.
Rogers is the runs a lifestyle blog and offers insight into the difference between being a ‘broke’ college student and being a displaced one.
As the youth of America are living in harsh economic times, online users are rallying together to find solutions to a plethora of issues.
Homelessness among college students is ever-growing among Americans and its awareness has become increasingly popular on social media. According to USA Today, there are over 58 thousand homeless college students nationwide and Central Florida is no exception.
Valencia College, in Orlando, reportedly writes off more than $3.5 million annually for homeless students and other students in need.
The actual number of college students who are homeless is really unknown. The students who are counted marked themselves as homeless on their free application for federal student aid or FAFSA forms.
Many college students aren’t aware of the benefits of revealing their true living situations for fear of the stigmas that are attached to openly identifying as a homeless person.
Patrons on Twitter openly gripe about the struggles of homelessness among university students.
University of Wisconsin Madison professor of education policy and sociology, Sara Goldrick-Rab, tweeted about the discomfort that financially-challenged students feel while on campus, “We need to make all homeless students feel welcome on college campuses,” she wrote last month.
Goldrick-Rab isn’t alone in her endeavors to raise awareness and change perceptions of homelessness in America.
The Sustainable Families Foundation tweeted about Atlanta’s Kennesaw State University’s CARE Program.
The program assists food insecure and homeless students in the area. It provides, linens, food, career planning and other assets to promote stability among struggling students.
WWLP of Springfield, MA posted to its Google + Account, “What’s being done to help college students who are also homeless?”
Though not in the spotlight, the issue is growing with the attention it’s getting.
Though some students are not physically living on the streets, their lifestyles and living situations are unstable – hence classifying them as homeless people.
According to the Homeless Hub, there are four different types of homelessness. Many college students fall under the sub-category, “People living temporarily with others, but without guarantee of continued residency or immediate prospects for accessing permanent housing.”
Among the most popular social media platforms, Twitter and Tumblr users are both the most knowledgeable and the most adamant about solving the issue.
These social advocates pass along information for donation sites like Gofundme as well as invaluable information like why homeless people should invest in gym memberships.
Tumblr blogs like Secretly Homeless, simultaneously raise awareness, debunk myths and provide healthy tips on living below the poverty level.
With the growing number of homeless college students and the stifling grip the economy has on the poor – it’s evident that millennials have a clear understanding of their influence in the world of mass media.
Despite the on-and-off-again rain – Downtown Orlando’s Farmer’s Market, located at Lake Eola Park, was filled with hungry and health-conscious patrons. Saturday October 4, 2015 had a forecast filled with cloudy skies, a slight breeze and light rain.
The brisk autumn winds didn’t deter farmer’s market goers. Studies show that citizens trust farmer’s markets more than big grocers.
Their popularity isn’t solely in Orlando – it’s national and so are the concerns of American citizens.
Trish Delaney, a Florida resident of 25 years, chooses to shop for produce at local farmer’s markets because she feels that the food is safer for her family.
“All of these foods are covered in pesticides or are injected with antibiotics – nothing is safe anymore. I can’t sit and feed my children chemicals. At least [at farmer’s markets] I know the food is organic and I know where it’s coming from,” Delaney said.
While Grocers like Whole Foods have been caught over-pricing their items, and others continue to distribute potentially harmful foods the American public is choosing to take a more intimate approach to grocery shopping.