Labre Homeless Outreach to hold annual chocolate buckeye fundraiser

This coming week, the Case Western Reserve University Labre Homeless Outreach will begin to sell buckeyes for their event, “Bucks for Buckeyes.”

This confection is comprised of peanut butter fudge dipped in chocolate. For students who haven’t preordered them, they will be sold at at the Tinkham Veale University Center.

“Bucks for Buckeyes” is the semesterly fundraiser for Labre to raise money for van rentals over the summer and winter months. Those are the only months in which they are unable to obtain funding from the school. The money is also used to provide socks and underwear to the people they serve.

Labre’s mission is to help the homeless by giving them meals and building relationships with them. Originally the project was initiated at Saint Ignatius High School by a teacher named Jim Skerl as a way to better serve the homeless in Cleveland.

It was then started at CWRU in 2010 by former students, Joey Baum and Kelly Rogers. Every Monday night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the group provides food and companionship to help the homeless.

“Building relationships with those on the streets is the cornerstone of our group as meals can be found at a lot of different places, but friendships are a little harder to come by,” said fourth-year Thomas McKenna, president of Labre.

“The rewarding part is that when you have the opportunity to go out multiple times, you actually become friends with the people you see,” said McKenna. “They know us and we know them. And I think this opportunity is what makes Labre so unique.”

“Bucks for Buckeyes” will be selling buckeyes for 50 cents at TVUC on Nov. 16 through Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. each day.