National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, and a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.
This year, National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is November 15-23, 2014.
The Salvation Army Austin is participating in National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week not only to bring greater awareness to our community, but also to help to promote the national endeavor to end hunger and homelessness. The plight of those without a home, or those living in poverty, can be both lonely and difficult.
Women and Children Experiencing Homelessness
Did you know that more than 65% of the people The Salvation Army Austin serves who are experiencing homelessness are women and children? Women and children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in our community.
Below are two ways that you can make a difference for these women and children – and others in our community during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
Diaper Drive for the Homeless
The public is invited to donate diapers for families who are experiencing homelessness. Diapers can be donated at The Salvation Army Downtown Shelter and Social Services Center at 501 East Eighth Street on Thursday, November 20, from 9 am to 4:30 pm. OR donate at any of the four Salvation Army Family Stores in Austin or Round Rock on Thursday, November 20. See our Family Store page for locations and store hours: http://bit.ly/FamilyStore . Each person who donates will receive a coupon to our Austin Salvation Army Family Stores.
Food Drive for the Hungry
Wolf Ranch Chick-Fil-A in Georgetown will be accepting donations of canned goods all day Monday, November 17 for The Salvation Army food pantry in Williamson County. Those who donate three cans of food will receive a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich. A special family time from 5-7 pm will include a visit by the Chick-Fil-A Cow and the Baby Cow along with a performance by The Salvation Army brass band.
For 2015 Camp Drive details, click here.
The Salvation Army Is Sending Children Who Are Experiencing Homelessness or Poverty to Summer Camp
Individuals, Companies and Organizations are asked to Donate Supplies
AUSTIN, TX (May 27, 2014) – More than 100 children who are experiencing homelessness or poverty from The Austin Salvation Army Shelters and Service Centers, from ages 5 through 16, will attend summer camp starting June 16. Camp is important for every child, and it is especially important for these children in our community who are facing great challenges. We need the help of individuals, companies, churches and organizations to give these children the gift of summer camp.
“As you can imagine, going to camp is big deal to local kids who are living in shelters or in poverty,” says Stacy Schwarz, Assistant Social Services Director. “It’s one gift The Austin Salvation Army can offer them while their parents are busy each day working, studying or training to improve their employment.”
Summer camp provides stability and structure in the midst of chaotic times for these children. Activities include team building, swimming and swimming lessons, exploring the great outdoors, playing sports and games, studying nature and wildlife, talent shows and lots more! The camping experience lasts for 10 weeks.
There are two ways the community can help: 1) Purchase items (from the list below) and drop them off to us. You can do this as an individual, or you can organize a drive through your company, church or organization. 2) Donate online and we will purchase the items for the children. We are in need of the following for boys and girls from 5 to 16 years of age (all sizes):
Beach towels and wash cloths
Refillable water bottles
Swimsuits (one piece only)*
Caps and hats*
Water shoes and flip flops*
Travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes
Travel size deodorant and soap
Travel size hand cleanser
Sheets, light sleeping bags, light blankets*
Pillows and pillow cases
Sunscreen (SPF 30)
Flashlights with new batteries
Travel size packaged snacks
*We have the biggest need for children ages 10 – 12.
Drop Off Locations
Donations may be dropped off beginning May 29, Monday thru Friday 9 am to 4 pm at 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 231, Austin, 78758, or in Georgetown at 307 Shannon Lane.
Please contact Donna Clendennen at 512-634-5921 or firstname.lastname@example.org to organize a large drop-off or collection drive with your church, company or organization. The deadline for donations is June 11. Should you wish to donate by mail, please mark your check “camp supplies” and send it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1000, Austin, TX, 78767. For on-line giving: SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.