Homelessness is a challenging experience. For people living outside, it seems like the world is unaware of them. For everyone else, there is growing and deep concern for people living outdoors.
Multnomah County’s Point-in-time homeless count is a total of 4,177 people. Additionally, more than 50,000 people in the Portland area live on the verge of homelessness. One health crisis; emergency room visit, or a lost job can land a family in a shelter or in a tent. The trauma is devastating. Everyone in our community suffers.
Our Impact Kits initiative is a collaboration with Portland’s tech sector to raise awareness of the situations facing people living outside in Portland, and also an opportunity to make a meaningful impact by offering some basic supplies for this marginalized population. Each kit contains basic hygiene items, food, water, and a resource guide. They also contain a lifeline. Volunteers assemble and distribute these kits; creating a human connection that can lead to real change for everyone.
How to Get Involved
Interested? Join us on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2019, as we meet up at Prosper Portland from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm to assemble 300+ kits and hand them out to people outside. This will be a powerful service learning opportunity. To get involved, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Better yet, get together with your place of work and sponsor. See below.