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Sept. 19, 2005

Union hosts Safe Quarters drive

LINCOLN—On Oct. 2, the Union Bank Safe Quarters drive, a volunteer effort to canvass the city of Lincoln to collect quarters and other change for Friendship Home, will begin and finish at Union College. The goal is for the 1,500 volunteers to collect $125,000 between 1-6 p.m. to help the center for victims of domestic violence. After collecting is completed, Safe Quarters volunteers will be treated to a pizza party sponsored by Papa John’s in Union College’s Woods Auditorium (enter campus from Bancroft St, off of South 48th).
        Friendship Home helps an average of 240 women and children each month by providing safe shelter, counseling and transitional homes. According to Kristin Rozsa, special events coordinator, the shelter couldn’t exist without the 200 volunteers who do everything from office work to mentoring kids to cutting the lawn.
        This is the third year of the annual drive and the second year Safe Quarters has been hosted on Union College’s campus. Last year, $117,000 was raised.
        Each team will canvass for about 1.5 hours to cover their pre-arranged areas. There are 125 teams, with 8-10 people each. Forty additional teams are currently needed. For ways to help or more information visit www.friendshiphome.org/safequarters or call 402-434-0163.