In the hour of walking my dog this morning, my feet felt like they were turning into frozen popsicles inside my boots. And I actually saw ice forming where wet puddles once were, and frost blanketing the plants. WTF? I know East Coasters and midwesterners will scoff, but IT'S COLD OUTSIDE. It made me think about all the homeless people who aren't fortunate enough to go back to warm homes and what can we do to help them out?
ECS (Episcopal Community Services), a group that helps homeless and very low-income people get housing, jobs, shelter, and other essential services, recently partnered with ad agency Heat to bring awareness to San Franciscans about helping the homeless. Two of the projects in the campaign were a series of video testimonials from former street people and light projections on downtown buildings to remind people that homeless doesn't equal hopeless.
So what can you do?
You can donate to ECS. The money will be used to provide a variety of essential services for the homeless and underserved.
There are also groups like Bitcoin Not Bombs, that crowdfunded the production of hoodies to hand out to homeless folks in SF (and, apparently, to get their message about a pro-Bitcoin economy). You can still donate in Bitcoins to their cause.
If you're looking for more ways to volunteer, or more specific groups you'd like to help, here's a list of San Francisco's homeless non-profits and organzations.
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