Posts Tagged ‘homeless shelter’

Change the World One Pair at a Time

As I get closer to booking travel to Haiti to do a volunteer gig, I’m paying even more attention to other organizations that are on the ground there, starting the long hard efforts of recovery and rebuilding.

Soles 4 Souls is an organization that collects gently used as well as new shoes from distributors and private citizens, and distributes them in nations of need. Their work in Haiti since the January earthquakes has helped protect the feet of thousands of Haitians, as well as additional philanthropic work done by the organization, including a shelter for displaced residents built from discarded shipping containers. It is a definite step up from tents or tarps. The great thing about Soles 4 Souls is that you can travel with them, not just for shoes distribution, but for additional service project work as well. The trips that are open to international volunteers can be found here. There are several Haiti trips upcoming as well as Mexico and Honduras. SO think about getting out into the big ol world this summer or fall, and making a direct difference…one pair, one person, at a time.

Stockings With Care

It’s the time of year, of course, when we are focused on giving and the warmth of hearth and home, family and friends. And we know, intellectually at least, that there are plenty of folks without hearth, home, family, or friends.

Stockings With Care is a charitable organization in New York (please look for similar groups where you live…or start one) that works with coalitions that assist families and youth in homeless shelters and outreach programs, and has social workers get “Wish Lists for Santa” from kids in families that won’t be able to afford to celebrate their holiday. Those lists are given to Stockings With Care and assigned to individual volunteer Santas (this is where you come in) who then go out to shop and make sure EVERY kid gets at least two things on his or her list and has at least three wrapped gifts to open on Christmas morning. Corporate donors fill some of the financial gap, but the need for Santas is higher for ever this year.

Volunteer here to be a Santa. They also need Santa Captains, sorting Santas (all the gifts get dropped off to a central location for distribution), phone Santas, last-minute shopping elves, and wrappers in Santa’s workshop December 10-13.

If you don’t have a home, it makes sense you might worry that Santa won’t know where to find you. It’s nice to take that fear away.