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Discovery on Malone University campus leads to fundraising effort to help the less fortunate

May 22, 2013 | Release # 6637

The discovery of a collection of personal items under a tree on the Malone University campus has sparked a community-wide effort to help the less fortunate. Dave Burnip, director of safety at Malone, was following up on a report that a man and his dog were living under a tree on the Canton campus. At first, he discovered only personal articles, but made a connection when the man returned to collect the items.

"Within ten minutes of meeting him and hearing more about his situation, I knew I had to help this guy," says Burnip. "Ten years ago, he was just like you or me. He owned a house and two cars." Burnip goes on to explain that – due to a medical situation requiring multiple surgeries – the gentleman experienced a serious financial setback. "He lost everything," Burnip explains.

With the aid of Malone University faculty, Burnip was able to acquire shelter for the dog at Peace for Pets, an organization normally dedicated to fostering pets in cases of domestic violence. The organization agreed to provide shelter to the gentleman's dog for up to 120 days. Refuge of Hope was enormously helpful in providing shelter for the man while assisting him to find work and permanent housing.

In gratitude, Malone University will be donating 20-50 used mattresses from residence halls to Refuge of Hope later this summer.

Moreover, the University is spearheading a community-wide effort to raise funds toward the purchase of bus passes to assist Refuge of Hope residents with transportation to medical appointments, counseling sessions, job interviews, and employment. From now through June, SARTA will match all funds donated for this purpose up to $2,000. More information can be found at the SARTA website.

Anyone wishing to make a donation toward bus passes may contact the Malone University business office at 330-471-8446.

Peace for Pets is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping pets and the people who love them seek safety from domestic violence situations. Often survivors of domestic violence fear that their pets may be harmed if they leave a bad situation, but finding safety for the pets can be a challenge. 

Refuge of Hope is a Christian based rescue mission located in downtown Canton, Ohio, which provides food and shelter to the hungry and homeless in the Stark County community. It is supported by area churches of various denominations, individuals, businesses, foundations and other such civic-minded organizations. All services are provided free of charge.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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