There are so many ways that you can make a difference in the lives of people experiencing Homelessness in San Diego. Father Joe’s Villages offers ten ideas for supporting our mission to end homelessness in San Diego in 2018.
1. Spread the word
You’ve probably heard that there are over 8,500 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in San Diego. While it’s important that people know this number, it’s equally important that they see the faces, dreams and experiences behind the individuals included in that number. Resolve to share your compassion for our neighbors with your friends, family and coworkers. You can help them to see the potential within. Need some help? Share our animated short film Shine to help Father Joe’s Villages change public perceptions of homelessness.
Father Joe’s Villages needs over 80 volunteers each day to serve thousands of warm, nutritious meals to our residents and community members who are homeless. We also need doctors, nurses, dentists, hygienists, social workers and more. Whether you are volunteering as an individual, family, religious organization, community group, military group or through your corporation, you can make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.
3. Attend an event
Father Joe’s Villages hosts a range of events, from athletic races to our more glamorous events. There’s something for everyone! Plus, when you attend one of our events, you can enjoy yourself knowing the proceeds will go toward programs and services dedicated to ending homelessness. Our upcoming event, the Children’s Charity Gala on May 5th, invites you to enjoy a night out while also supporting programs for children and families who are homeless. Sign up today!
4. Clean your house & garage
It’s 2018, which means it’s time to get organized for the year to come. Declutter your house and get rid of unwanted vehicles, furniture, clothing and household goods by donating it to Father Joe’s Villages.
That box of knick-knacks that you’ve been waiting to trade away at your next white elephant office party: donate it to Father Joe’s instead. Got a new car for Christmas? Give your old one to Father Joe’s Villages and you could receive a tax write-off. We take care of all of the paperwork. Closet full of clothes you just know you “might” wear one day? You won’t. Donate them to Father Joe’s Villages instead clear up some space for the next fashion trend.
5. Organize a drive
Father Joe’s Villages makes holding a drive easy! After collecting clothing and goods from your friends and family, you can either drop your collection off at any of our three donation centers or schedule a convenient pick-up. Whether your items are used by our programs or sold in our shops, your donations benefit our programs and services dedicated to ending homelessness.
6. Be consistent
There’s one way to guarantee you’ll never forget to give back to Father Joe’s Villages: Become a monthly donor! Set up automatic withdrawals online and you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your resolution to help end homelessness in San Diego. Our monthly donors are critical to our mission. They make it possible for Father Joe’s Villages to keep thousands of people off the street each night. We couldn’t do it without you!
7. Go shopping
Father Joe’s Villages’ Stores & Donation Centers and Online Specialty Auction have unique and quality items for amazing low prices. Find gifts, antiques, collectibles, clothing, furniture and much, much more at any of our three retail locations or online in our latest Online Specialty Auction. Feel good about your next purchase. Stop by today!
8. Ask for a little help
Sometimes changing the world can seem overwhelming, but when you team up with your loved ones and social network, giving back is a lot easier. Create a Facebook fundraiser to raise money for your birthday, a holiday or just for fun! Not only is it an effective way to fundraise, it’s easy. Only a few quick clicks are needed to set up the fundraiser and share it with your friends. What better way to change lives than with the ones you love?
9. Give a little—or a lot!
Even the smallest gifts can have a big impact on the lives of our neighbors. Just $15 can provide a week of meals to a person experiencing homelessness. Not only does that give them the nutrition and energy they need for their day, but it also brings them closer the programs and services at Father Joe’s Villages. One meal could be the impetus for someone overcoming their homelessness.
10. Follow us
Follow Father Joe’s Villages on Social Media to keep up with the latest news on homelessness, our services, volunteer opportunities, events, retail promotions and more. You never know what will inspire you to take the next step toward ending homelessness in San Diego!