Students spend plenty of time learning about trigonometry or psychology, but Volunteer UCF hopes they'll take some time this week to educate themselves outside of the classroom.

This week through Nov. 23 is National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and VUCF will be hosting daily events to inform students about the issue of homelessness.

"[The events] will be really good in educating [students] about the issue of hunger and homelessness not only globally but locally as well," said Alice Neira, Hunger and Homelessness Director for Volunteer UCF. "We're really going to try to focus on giving people the perspective of what's going on in our nation, but also what's going on in the heart of Central Florida."

Last year, Neira read about how other schools were getting involved in National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and she wanted to participate as well.

"I decided to have an event related to either to hunger or homelessness and it was either an educational or volunteer event, and last year it was really, really successful every single event, so this year we planned volunteering and educational events [again]," Neira said.

For example, a viewing of the documentary Inocente will be held on Thursday. The film aims to break down stereotypes associated with homelessness by providing an in-depth look at homelessness through a student's perspective.

"I think [the] events are going to be really powerful in educating students, and not only students but faculty [and] the community at large, [which] is invited to attend any of these events," Neira said.

Upcoming events:

Lights, Camera, Take Action: Inocente Documentary Viewing @ Student Union Room 221, Thursday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Helping Hands @ Mustard Seed of Central Florida, Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mission to Provide Nutrition @ Second Harvest Food Bank, Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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