It is that time of year to help us out collect items for out blanket drive. We have set a goal of 3,000 blankets this year. We are going to ask our members for help as well as local businesses, unions and religious groups who might have congregants or employees collect items for those resistant to shelter.
We have a flyer available at the bottom of this entry that you can use to print out or distribute to family or employees. We also have a webpage dedicated to the blanket drive here. We collect blankets and donations at our office then give them to the outreach workers in the community. We give to Care Alliance staff, Frontline Services, Metanoia, Labre and Volunteers of America and others. We give to the people who are developing relationships with those living outside.
This year we have an outreach trainee, Denise, who is working with people who are reluctant to go to shelter. She is learning about all the resources available to homeless people and all the programs that may be able to help. The trainee position is funded by the Community West Foundation and they have blogged about our blanket drive here. She will be working with the religious groups who minister to the people living outside and then attempting to connect with the "professional" organizations. Denise will be distributing these winter items to the veterans, couples and homeless individuals trying to stay warm this winter. By the way, the last trainee, Tyrone, our previous trainee, was hired by Care Alliance as their afternoon/evening staff.
We can come and pick up donations if there are more than 35 items. Just call 432-0540 to make arrangements. We are near Cleveland State University and you can drop off donations anytime between 9 and 4:30 p.m. We also have some Saturday hours.
Blanket Donation Flyer to print out and distribute.
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