It's Freaking Cold Out There! Let's Help the Homeless

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.  

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So what can you do?

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You can donate to ECS. The money will be used to provide a variety of essential services for the homeless and underserved.

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You can donate a blanket or coat via services like One Warm Coat. Or start your own coat drive!

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You probably have more clothes than you need. Donate to Community Thrift  (623 Valencia Street) and Project Homeless Connect will receive a portion of each item's sales price.

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Glide Memorial has tons of ways to help out, whether it be volunteering to feed the homeless, help out with their annual holiday toy drive, or donate directly to their cause.

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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.

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And there's always Food Not Bombs, the cause that helps feed vegetarian food for the hungry masses. Here's more info on how to volunteer with FNB in San Francisco.

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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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Image by Arman Zhenikeyev courtesy of Thinkstock

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Published on December 5, 2013, 2013

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