Bert Helps HAWK Radio and Compass House

By Yasmine Dabash

For College Radio Day, October 6, 2017, Hilbert College’s Hawk Radio decided to celebrate in a unique way, by making its mascot a castaway.

Hawk Radio stranded Bert, Hilbert College’s mascot, on an island in the pond in front of Franciscan Hall for twenty-four hours. In order to help Bert, HAWK Radio teamed up with Compass House to collect 200 or more donations from Hilbert College faculty, staff, and students for homeless and mostly runaway youth.

The twenty-four-hour HAWK Radio broadcast and estrangement of Hilbert College’s mascot were wildly successful, generating more than 600 donations for Compass House.

If you did not get a chance to donate to Compass House, here are some things on Compass House’s Wishlist:

Personal Care Items: socks and underwear, lotion and sanitizer, soap and deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, cosmetics, shampoo and conditioner, and lip balm

Food Items: nonperishables such as cereal, canned foods, and dry pasta

Household Items: beds, mattresses, pillows, bed linens, comforters, furniture, lamps, and curtains; pots, pans, and silverware; storage bins; laundry soap and cleaning supplies; hand tools; towels and washcloths; clock radios, alarm clocks, CD players, and TV antennas

School Supplies: book bags, binders, note and sketchbooks, loose-leaf paper, pencils, markers, crayons, construction paper, glue, tape, yarn, beads, string, and children and/or young adult reading materials

If you are interested in Compass House and/or its services, here is their contact information, call  (716) 886-1351 or email:

Emergency Contact Information – Emergency Shelter Address: 370 Linwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209 or 24-Hour Crisis Help Line: (716) 886-0935

If you are interested in participating in Hilbert’s Hawk Radio, contact Don Vincent by emailing him at or stop by and see him in his office: Paczesny 156.

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