Socks are the most requested item at shelters across America. We learned this and much more valuable information as we designed this important CSR team-building program called Helping The Homeless.
Your group will pack backpacks filled with items for homeless men, women, or families with children. One in 30 children is homeless annually in America; that’s 2.5 million kids!
The process for building homeless care packages will start with forming sub-teams who participate in a series of fun and challenging icebreakers and teambuilding activities.
Helping the Homeless program features Apple iPads® delivering text, audio, and video clues, exciting gaming challenges, and the ability to capture and save all your memories of this heartwarming event with photos & videos of your teams in action.
Through these challenges, teams earn points, which enable them to acquire the contents of the care packages. A running scorecard is posted to increase excitement and energy. Items can include clothes and blankets, toiletries and hygiene items, first aid supplies, food, school supplies and toys for children.
We can work with Community Action Agencies, SOS Children’s Villages, Family Promise, or source local homeless agencies through the United Way who desperately need these care packs. Every attempt will be made to have a representative from the organization attend the event and thank your group for their generosity.
This inspiring, morale-boosting event may include personal touches in the form of letters and messages written by participants to the recipients of the packages.
To ensure a great experience, aspects of this event may be modified for your group size, group makeup, time available, and other variables.
I started a Thanksgiving Giveback program for my office last year. The lead facilitator took charge to get everyone engaged with icebreakers that got people talking and laughing. The filling of the backpacks was the focus and I was happy to see there were quality items provided. This program was successful because of the coordinated efforts of the employees of BEST who came through with the supplies and iPads, all arrived on time. The event was so much fun and we felt good sharing with those less fortunate than us. Your lead arranged for a rep from a local San Francisco charity to accept our gifts and tell us about their mission. Working with a San Francisco charity was important to the employees. THANK YOU for going above and beyond to make our Giveback event a complete success.
I loved how your lead facilitator was so engaged with the team. Words could not describe how great she was. The whole program was amazing, the interaction! Our group loved the activities and charitable aspects of our Helping the Homeless program. It was a nice touch was having the charity come out and speak to the group at the end of the event.
Thank you for really working quickly to put together your amazing Helping the Homeless program for all of us. We gave you a short window to work with and everyone was able to come together. I enjoyed seeing everyone interacting and having a great time for a worthy cause. The event was extremely organized and everyone had a great time. Your lead facilitator was well prepared and did a great job interacting with everyone.
We had been planning the launch of this program for a while, and now it seems more timely than ever. Our nation has a significant homeless population, and recent events are taxing the resources of shelters and support agencies. Our hope is that we can inspire companies and their staffs to work together better and support their communities in the process. Nationally, homelessness is rising and it’s not just children and families. Among older homeless adults, 44% became homeless for the first time AFTER age 50. America’s homeless elderly population is projected to nearly triple by 2030, according to new research. If we’re not part of the problem, we should be part of the solution.