This year our Governor, Jose, has implemented a Governor’s project. The Home Project is a district wide project to better the lives of the homeless population in our local communities.

All projects dedicated to the HOME project should impact people of homeless community which includes all those listed below:

  • People living in a place that is not meant for habitation, in an emergency shelter, transitional housing, or are exiting an institution where they temporarily resided.
  • People who are losing their primary nighttime residence and lack resources to remain in housing.
  • Families with children or unaccompanied youth who are unstably housed and are likely to remain this way.
  • People who are fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, have no residence, and lack the resources or obtain other housing. 

    Amount homeless in 2017 according to The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: OFFICE OF COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

    • DC: 7,473
    • MD: 7,247
    • VA: 6,067
    • DE: 994

How do I start a project?

  • First see what needs there are in your area, contact any of the organizations you are interested in working with and see what their rules are.
  • You shouldn’t plan a project before knowing if there is a need or use for the service you are providing. You may find that you are better able to assist that group or organization by helping them in a different way.
  • Be sure to reach out to the members in your club and others on your campus to get the word out about how they can help. Whether that is through some type of drive, a fundraiser, or hands on service.
  • Making sure members volunteering are well informed about the project and the reasoning behind it will make it more successful and creates a larger impact on the community. Don’t forget to invite other organizations on campus an members of the Kiwanis Family to participate!
  • Service Ideas
    • Homeless Drive/ Care Packages
      • One major issue that affects the homeless population in our communities are the cold winter months. Hold a drive during the winter months to collect items from soap and razors, to socks and blankets that would be donated to your local homeless shelter.
    • Shelter Visits
      • Visiting your local homeless shelter can brighten the day of many people. Often the shelters are in need of help distributing food, cleaning the shelter, or even doing crafts and talking to the children. Contact your local homeless shelter to schedule visits.
      • Have fun on these visits. You and your members could bring a snack or even host a holiday party for the individuals staying there. Be sure to ask the shelter for permission before performing the project.
    • Blue Jeans Go Green
      • Donate your old jeans to stores like J Crew and Madewell or mail them in, to be upcycled into UltraTouch Denim Insulation. The insulation is then donated to groups like Habitat for Humanity to use in their projects. For more information visit: https://bluejeansgogreen.org/
    • Thanksgiving Baskets
      • Create and decorate a Thanksgiving basket, filled with non-perishable food items and toiletries to donate to families in need during this time of thanksgiving. Consider adding a gift card to a local supermarket.
    • School Supply Drive/ Desk Clean-Out
      • At the end of the semester, hold a drive to collect unused school supplies by setting up donation boxes during the last week of school. You can then be donated the supplies to a local school to give to students in need or to your local shelter.
    • Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry
      • Local soup kitchens and food pantries often need help serving meals and sorting donations. Donate your club’s labor for an evening by stocking shelves at your local food pantry
    • Coat Collection
      • Staying warm in the winter months is something that many of us often take for granted during the winter months, but many individuals within the homeless community struggle to keep warm. An easy way to spread warmth is to collect new or gently used coats from members of your community. Then, contact your local Angel Tree coordinator or social service office to ensure that they go to those in need.
    • Homeless Shelter Birthday Parties
      • See if you can host monthly birthday parties for children in your local homeless shelter. Bring games, cake, and other refreshments to contribute to the children who are less fortunate and have a positive impact on your community.
    • Adopt a room
      • Adopt a room at the local homeless shelter, domestic abuse shelter, soup kitchen, or food pantry by cleaning, painting, decorating, and rejuvenating the space.
      • Invite other organizations to adopt rooms to help make a larger impact
    • Put on a Show
      • Organize a variety show for the individuals residing in a shelter or the clients at a soup kitchen to enjoy. Invite any talent that your school has to perform at the event.
    • Habitat for Humanity
      • Join your local Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for those in need. This is an exciting hands-on project that also has a large impact on those who end up benefiting from your service.
    • Christmas Shoeboxes
      • Children in the homeless community are often have very few possessions as their parents have more pressing demand to take care of such as food and clothing.
      • Fill shoeboxes with toys, games, school supplies, personal hygiene items, and other goodies to wrap and distribute to children in homeless shelters.
    • Tutoring
      • Often homeless children are unable to obtain academic stability and need extra assistance in learning the material taught in school. Volunteer with your club to tutor children in homeless shelters on a regular basis or consider starting a mentorship program.
    • Blanket Making
      • Help others stay warm during the winter by making simple blankets! Once made donate to your local shelter.
        Supplies needed:
        -Fleece
        -scissors
        -clips (to hold fabric together)How to make blankets:
        Cut your fabric equally.
        2. Lay two blanket pieces on top of each other and clip them together so they don’t move.
        3.Cut 2” strips about an inch in width until you have completed the whole blanket.
        4. Begin tying the two pieces of fabric together until you have completed the whole blanket.
    • Donate Cafeteria Food
      • Often your campus dining halls will have excess food that is left over each evening. Get in touch with the dining halls on your campus to see where this food is going. See if you are able to donate it to a local shelter or soup kitchen. If there is already a club on campus that does this talk to them about helping them transport the food throughout the semester.