Friday, July 30, 2010

What Can You Do?

Hey folks, this is going to be quick since I have to go finish cleaning out my old apartment. (Yep, finishing up yet another move...) But I wanted to take a moment and share something important I just found.

We're all aware that there are homeless in Kitsap, for example we all see them on the side of the road holding signs. Some people say we should give them money because they need it and it's a good way to directly address the problem. Others say it's a bad idea because you don't know what the money is going to.

I don't want to dictate anyone's behavior or say what's right or wrong, but I just found a great resource that can help each of us help fight homelessness and poverty in Kitsap County - effectively and directly. It's a list, put out by the Kitsap Continuum of Care, of 56 ways to help the homeless in Kitsap County. I found it at the Bremerton Foodline website:

http://www.bremertonfoodline.org/bfl/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/3-10-56-Ways-boy-final-sm.pdf

The list also cites a number of trusted and respected organizations that are doing a lot to address poverty in Kitsap, so you can use this list as a springboard for other activities too.

Pass it around to your friends and family. Know a teen planning a senior project? A Girl or Boy Scout with a service project? Is your church group or other organization planning some service work? Do you give money or time during the holiday season? This is a great resource for all of these things.

So take a peek, save it to your computer, print a copy, email it to friends, and otherwise spread the word.

And remember it was Margaret Mead who once said, "Never forget that a small group of committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has."

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