On-demand education/advocacy & volunteering opportunity
On April 22, 2021, attendees signed on for a remote education session on essential needs and homelessness in central Iowa. Over Zoom, we learned from area experts about the challenges of youth and adults facing homelessness in our community. This is part of United Way's United to Thrive initiative. Discussion topics included: Who is an average homeless person? How does the homeless system in Iowa work? What services are available? Has homelessness changed as a result of the pandemic? Which groups are more affected by homelessness? Where will these street outreach kits go and how will you use them? Suggestions on how to advocate. And more.
Step 1: Watch the Recording
- Erin Drinnin, Community Impact Officer, Health, United Way of Central Iowa
- Bernadette Beck, Centralized Intake Program Manager, Primary Health Care, Inc.
- Blake Willadsen, Development Coordinator, Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (part of YSS)
Step 2: Create Your Own Street Outreach Kits
- Attendees then volunteered to give something back by purchasing and assembling Adult Street Outreach Kits, Youth Street Outreach Kits, and Youth Blessing Bags. United Way did not provide the kits.
- If you wish, watch this recording and make kits to donate, please plan to purchase the items and assemble the kits at home or work. You may email Iowa Homeless Youth Centers or Primary Health Care, Inc. to donate your kits.
- Any homeless agency would likely be able to use similar kits. Reach out to the organization of your choice to donate to another nonprofit.