KON Chapter Activity to address:
Critical Issue: Homelessness
There are hundreds of thousands of people experiencing homelessness in America. They are individuals and families, they live in every state and territory, and they reflected the diversity of our country. They include those who are chronically homeless, those with disabilities, and veterans. Ending homeless is an ongoing challenge that changes in each community. Locating the areas experiencing the most significant challenges and directing additional attention and possibly new resources towards them, could result in meaningful reductions in homelessness. https://endhomelessness.org/
Possible Chapter Service Activities
- Volunteer at a local homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or food pantry in your community or fundraise to donate food and resources.
- Compile care boxes of everyday essentials. Including hygienic supplies, snacks, water, socks, etc. and bring boxes to a local homeless shelter.
- Volunteer your time with a local non-profit resale shop, such as Goodwill or Salvation Army that sell items to support low-income families and turn proceeds into good works.
- Research homeless job support programs in your community and support them with your time.
- Host a food drive, donating collected goods to a local soup kitchen or food pantry.
- Host a clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success or Career Gear – programs that help provide clothing for homeless and low-income individuals trying to reenter the workforce.
- Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity – chapter leaders can coordinate a date and place that all their chapter members can collectively work together on a site.
- Fundraise or collect donations for public transportation gift cards or local stores, which can be given to homeless shelters.
- Conduct an advocacy campaign. Join forces as citizens to send letters to political representatives that influence policy related to homelessness. See the National Alliance to End Homelessness at endhomelessness.org and sign up for alliance advocacy alerts or research policies in your own community.
- Work with our campus or community to create a homeless garden. (A garden whose resources could be given freely to the homeless, or whose food is brought to a homeless shelter.)
- Research homelessness and develop your own step-by-step program to create change in your community.
- Advertise your efforts to:
- educate others about this important issue
- win support from local businesses or other organizations.
Potential Local Partners
Local food shelters
Community homeless shelters
Other Service Activity Ideas or Resources
- SAMHSA’s Resources to Help the Homeless
- Educational resource to Educate K-12 about Homelessness
- Lesson Plans about Homelessness
- Disease Risks and Homelessness
- Homelessness and Poverty Toolkit for K-12
- Event Idea for Homelessness Education/Awareness
- First Step Job Training Program
- How to Raise Awareness About Hidden Homelessness