Homeless Mothers waiting for 3 months to get into a shelter
October 26, 2017
As many of you know.....one of our 'core members'..... Beata Kosiaty....has been making a heroic effort, over the past week, driving around town, picking up donations, to help a woman, and her 3-year old child, who have been forced to sleep outside, in the cold....while on the waiting list, for a homeless shelter. We are happy to report that, thanks to Beata's persistent effort, 'Stephanie' and her child are now safely in a shelter :)
However....the BAD NEWS, is that, in the process, Beaty has found 2 more homeless mothers! There is a 3 month waiting list, to get into a homeless shelter! Any volunteers, who can bring out the following donations, this Saturday, will be able to help these women! [ needs baby clothes, and diapers.......2T for child, 15 size pants, for her, M-L shirts] (Melissa....who is fleeing a violent husband, who was beating her....is still living outside, in San Jose, California.....while on a 3-month waiting list, to get into a shelter!)
Global Hope Challenge
October 26, 2017
Help others create, maintain, and sustain hope by creating a 30 second video of what YOU do in your darkest hour to get through that period of hopelessness and work to get back to a hopeful state of mind. Is it music? A friend? Deep breathing? Or something else? Share with the world so when they need some inspiration, they can use your technique to find their strength to hold on for brighter days. As those brighter days always do come.
And then engage with the community to vote on the messages, lifting up the ones you find most helpful and inspirational. What tips and techniques from what others are doing might work for you? Let's learn from each other about Hope.
Challah for Hunger brings people together to bake and sell challah to raise money and awareness for social justice. As a chapter, we have pledged to partner with other student groups at Stanford in order to support a wide range of humanitarian organizations in addition to Mazon, our primary beneficiary. Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger is an organization that works to combat hunger in both the United States and Israel for people of all faiths and backgrounds. We have a diverse reach on campus and in the surrounding community, and the Challah for Hunger at Stanford chapter and all of its partners are committed to supporting humanitarian organizations of all shapes and forms, local and international.
Global Health Expert Not Surprised By Plague In Madagascar; Optimistic The Situation Will Be Controlled
October 06, 2017
The plague has struck Madagascar and global health expert Peter Small says, "There is nothing surprising about the plague epidemic in Madagascar, its just another example of the power of poverty to turn back the clocks of time… it is entirely predictable that a disease of antiquity is killing people in one of the world’s poorest countries."
At Hungry for Music, our mission is putting quality musical instruments into hungry hands. We serve children who demonstrate a desire to learn music, as well as teachers who have students willing to learn.
In 23 years, we've delivered 10,000 instruments to children in 48 states and 20 countries.
How You Can Help With North Bay Fire Relief Efforts
October 16, 2017
Donations and volunteers are needed in Northern California as local fire crews battle multiple blazes that have wiped out entire neighborhoods and killed dozens of people.
The fires have ravaged Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino, Yuba and Lake counties, destroying at least 5,700 homes and businesses. At one point, 100,000 people had to evacuate. Officials have confirmed at least 42 fatalities. Many of those forced to evacuate will return to their homes only to find ash and charred wreckage.
Below is information on how you can help recovery efforts. Some information is for people who live in the area, but there are also national campaigns dedicated to fire relief.
Bay Area Business and Community Leaders Launch Band Together Bay Area to Support North Bay Firestorm Recovery and Rebuilding
October 24, 2017
In response to the North Bay firestorm-the most destructive and deadliest firestorm disaster in California history-a coalition of Bay Area business and community leaders are launching Band Together Bay Area to support the local relief and long-term recovery in the region.
To support the relief efforts, Band Together Bay Area has raised an initial $6.5 million from partners and founding sponsors, including Kaiser Permanente, Marc and Lynne Benioff, Salesforce, Google, Jeff and Erica Lawson, Twilio, the San Francisco Giants, Levi Strauss Foundation, Benchmark, Ron Conway, Live Nation and Another Planet Entertainment.
Kaiser Permanente Gives $1 Million to Support Thousands Affected by Hurricane Harvey
September 05, 2017
Kaiser Permanente today donated $1 million to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The contribution from the nation’s largest integrated health system will aid in immediate relief and recovery efforts, as well as help address mental health and wellness needs of those impacted by the devastating rains and flooding.
Student-Run Clinic for Homeless Marks 10th Anniversary
April 25, 2017
The Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP), a clinic run by P&S medical students, began offering care to the homeless and unstably housed individuals 10 years ago this May. Over the past 10 years, CHHMP has helped more than 1,400 patients and has expanded to provide primary care and services to anyone in need.
The number of kids and young adults living homeless in Silicon Valley skyrocketed in a biennial count, revealing a problem far more prolific than previously known. Santa Clara County officials and advocates for the homeless said they expected an increase in the overall homeless population and specifically youth...
...results released Friday far exceeded what officials expected: an 185 percent increase over 2015 in the number of people under age 25 who are homeless, nearly double the previous high set in 2011. People under 25 now make up more than one-third of the overall homeless population.
‘Skid Row Marathon’ Charts Amazing Journey from Homeless to Composer
June 21, 2017
The documentary “Skid Row Marathon,” which premiered this week at the Los Angeles Film Festival, chronicles the unlikely path some recovering addicts, alcoholics, and convicts have taken from homelessness to marathon running.
But in the case of one of its subjects, Ben Shirley, the path has been even stranger: He went from almost destroying his life through substance abuse to conducting music for the documentary in which he appears, with stops along the way to run a couple of marathons.
Empower4Life - Empowering kids who live in Homeless Shelters
May 23, 2017
After spending time volunteering at a local family shelter, Cox observed that the services were focused on the adults. The children's needs were largely ignored.
"Kids at the shelter didn't have enough space to really be kids," she said. "They were living in stressful environments, eating unhealthy food, and I felt they were missing a lot of the components crucial to healthy development."
As the single largest center of food consumption on the peninsula, Stanford feeds thousands of people each day. Stanford food service employees work hard to reduce the amount of food wasted, but prior to SPOON's existence, most leftover food was thrown away.
Recognizing this waste and the need for food among the Palo Alto homeless, a dedicated group of Stanford students founded SPOON in 1987. During the 2009-2010 school year, over fifty SPOON volunteers redirected 12,587 pounds of food from the compost bin to the needy community.
Walsh Hosts International Food Waste and Hunger Summit
March 24, 2017
Caption: "Attendees of the Summit conference, hosted at Walsh University by Universities Fighting World Hunger and The Campus Kitchens Project, take time out of a busy conference schedule for a group picture."
Thank you to J Garrett Kizer PUSH Outreach Coordinator | Hunger Solutions Institute | Auburn University for all of his work and inspiration.
April 26, 2017
Travel guru Rick Steves is giving the YWCA a building complex that helps homeless women and children. Click the picture to see the video or click below for the article.
The Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project bridges the divide between Yale and New Haven, CT and helps connect students with ways to fight hunger and homelessness in New Haven. Some of our ten subsidiary projects include student run soup kitchen, volunteer income tax assistance programs, street periodicals, and restaurant food rescue.
Visited a school for Girls outside of Cusco, Peru called "Chicuhas Wasi" -- email Rae Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to donate books or anything else to this amazing school!
Hi, my name is Sarai and I'm 13 years old! Over Thanksgiving break, I traveled to Peru with my dad. One of the most meaningful day on the trip was when we visited an all girls school, Chicuchas Wasi on the outskirts of Cusco. This school provides girls who come from extremely poor families an education. It also provides a nourishing meal -- something they do not always get at home. The teachers provide an environment that allows these girls to flourish -- gaining self-esteem and confidence. We were able to see the progression of the girls from the younger grades all the way to the graduating class where they spoke with more confidence and interacted with us more easily. My dad and I visited each classroom where the students presented us with a song, told us what they were learning about, and asked us questions. Upon entering each room, the students immediately ran up to us and gave us big hugs. They were so happy to share their school and were genuinely curious about us, asking us where we were from, what we did. At the end of our visit we presented the first graders with 20 or so books that we had brought with us. Though their campus was actually quite nice, they had only a handful of books in their “library”. The girls squealed every time we reached a pink cover or princess book. When we got back home, we also sent in a generous donation. It was a special experience and made me appreciate my education and the resources I’ve been given.
Dr. Hardwin and Tamara Mead
February 01, 2017
Visited small town outside of Juarez, Mexico
Dr Hardwin and Tamara Mead divided their trip into 2 parts; providing medical care and assistance and building homes.
Dr. Mead also leads a medical team to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to work with an HIV/AIDS project.
January 31, 2017
Visited San Jose, California
Mandy, age 15, worked with Sleeping Bags for the homeless of Santa Clara and she looks deeply happy, knowing that she has helped 100 people outside in the cold winter, when she collected 100 brand new sleeping bags for our effort!
January 30, 2017
Visited Lo De Marco, Mexico in a small rural town on the coast
Eva is a high school varsity athlete who has been involved with many team sports over the years. She has many jerseys, visors, and other sports items around from past teams. She packed her sports jerseys and items and brought them to Mexico where they were enjoyed and cherished by the teachers and the students. It was fun to see familiar team jerseys on a wide range of kids in a foreign country. Eva enjoyed playing 'Futbeis' (baseball played with a soccer ball) and also 'normal' soccer albeit with 40 or so kids playing all at once on an open field wearing all types of footwear or none at all. Just wearing a jersey brought them hopes and started them dreaming of a brighter future.