I’m part of a group looking for ideas regarding helping homeless in Richmond. We were interested in trying to get connected with something like a soup truck where we would be able to actually be out in the city serving the homeless, hopefully also in distributing items they would need (our thoughts in particular were regarding blankets given the cold earlier in the week + last weekend). Possibly also helping out by volunteering at a shelter too. One in our group knows some individuals from Salvation Army but hasn’t had much luck getting a hold of them and so happens to be going away for a week.
I have researched around a fair amount online, and know that there a few organizations that we can call and talk to about volunteering. We did reach out to one and found they are booked up until nearly January. I also see there is the Homeward’s Project Homeless Connect November 29th we could volunteer (and provide donations for)… We do have a contact (M Neal) at the Daily Planet too.
So what’s the intent of this post? I am hoping that someone might either work in this area, know someone who does, or might be or been involved that might be able to provide any contacts, recommendations and/or ideas.
11/16/2007 UPDATE: Our group did indeed choose – we went with the Freedom House and will be serving dinner at their Respite Program next Monday (11/19). I also have agreed myself to help out technically with the Daily Planet (by blogging about upcoming events – see posts categorized Daily Planet) .