Would you want to see your loved ones ever again? Prove it at Jail N' Bail! The Eastern Connecticut State University student chapter of Habitat for Humanity is collaborating with the Special Olympics to host a Jail N' Bail event on April 18 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Webb Lawn on Eastern's Willimantic campus. This event raises money and awareness for Eastern's Habitat for Humanity campus chapter and Special Olympics Connecticut.
The event begins by requesting a warrant to 'arrest' either students or faculty. When the participants arrive at the "jail," their bail is set by a judge. The prisoners must find friends/family to bail them out. Professors can even have their entire classroom full of students in the jail during their class period.
Event organizers are asking for suggested donations to Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics in order for students and faculty to participate. "Last year we made about $2,000 and this year we are hoping to raise a lot more since we are collaborating with a great organization," said Jackie Giuntini, president of Habitat for Humanity's Eastern student chapter.
Habitat for Humanity, along with Eastern's Police Department, is trying to get the entire campus involved. The event will be televised live throughout the campus so that friends and family can see their 'prisoners' behind bars.
"There will be two incentives for this event," said Lieutenant Tom Madera, operations commander for Eastern's Police Department. "The prisoner who raises the most money will win a three-day, two-night trip for two (airfare not included) to any pre-selected destination around the world. There will also be one lucky winner for an additional three-day, two-night trip for two for those that participate in filling out warrants with a suggested donation."
Eastern's Habitat for Humanity chapter's mission is to increase campus and community awareness of sub-standard housing and to work with the Windham Area Habitat affiliate to help eradicate sub-standard housing. Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It gives them the opportunity to develop fitness, demonstrate courage and create friendships within the community.