Begin with Basics
What’s the story?
There is a housing crisis in many parts of America today, with homeless rates hitting all-time highs in many locations. In addition, there are nearly 16 million children in America living in poverty, meaning that money is so tight there are times when they go without food or other basics, like a clean clothes or decent shoes. These basic needs are important for good health. And for kids, they are essential for growth and learning. It may be a little scary to imagine what that must be like, but we all can play a role in helping change it.
What Can I Do?
There are some pretty amazing nonprofits working with people who need some help covering the everyday basics. Here you can find ways to support those in our partner cities working to provide furniture to those moving into homes of their own, clothes and winter gear for those facing freezing temperatures, toiletries for those without daily essentials, and much more.
Advocate for Change
Some of our nonprofit partners are on the cutting edge of social change, challenging the old systems and securing new funding to improve access to affordable housing, better communication and collaboration between organizations, and more. It’s never too early to start understanding the issues at the heart of the problems we face as a society, and you are never too young to be part of the solution.
Spread the Word
For all of us, it is easy to sit in our comfortable corners. But simply sharing what you know about the issues facing our communities and our neighbors can be an important step in bringing others to greater awareness. Never underestimate the power of your own voice.
Did you know…
Every year, more than 2 million kids in America will face a period of homelessness.
That number is staggering for one of the richest countries in the world. But the economic disparity in America is very real, and so are the consequences it presents.
Want to Learn More?
Below are a number of books you may want to check out to better understand what it’s like for people working hard to make ends meet.
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The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern
Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
Uncle Willie’s Soup Kitchen by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
Changing Places: A Kids View of Shelter Living by Judy Wallace
Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier
The Mitten Tree by Candance Christiansen