Since its founding in September of 2014, The Homeless Outreach (THOR) Project has worked to build a connection between the St. Olaf community and the homeless populations of Northfield and the greater Twin Cities area. By collecting and distributing toiletries, THOR Project hopes to provide necessities while also raising awareness of homelessness in our community. This year, THOR Project has held four collection drives, three for students and one for faculty, and has collected over 233 pounds of toiletry items. All items were donated to the Community Action Center of Northfield and Higher Ground homeless shelter in Minneapolis.
Recently, THOR Project partnered with the Hill Harmonics at their Spring Concert and collected 25 pounds of nonperishable food items and $30 in donations. Food items were donated to the Community Action Center of Northfield’s food shelf, and the money was donated to the CAC’s Emergency Shelter Relief fund. Although the year is coming to a close, THOR Project remains busy and just held a chocolate covered banana sale at the Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert. Before the close of the year, THOR Project will also hold a laundry detergent collection drive.
THOR Project is blown away and truly thankful for the support we have received! We look forward to serving the needs of many more homeless individuals in Northfield and beyond as our student organization continues to grow. Next year, we plan on hosting a number of dialogue focused initiatives to raise awareness of homelessness on St. Olaf’s campus, so please stay tuned!