Homelessness and Poverty

Practicing Empathy

What are you doing? Practicing Empathy is an activity that teaches children how to build their emotional literacy and practice perspective taking, two of the core building blocks of empathy. This activity will help children to create stronger emotional connections with each other, building empathy that they can then put into practice when completing service projects. Why does it matter? Empathy is a set of skills that involves the practice of...Read more

Embracing Diversity

What are you doing? More than ever, kids and teens need to learn about and practice identifying and valuing difference. Embracing Diversity is an interactive activity to help children recognize and appreciate differences. Youth will explore the importance of diversity and its significance within their community. Kids will categori ze different objects and discuss how those different characteristics can be used to describe the unique qualities...Read more

Practicing Empathy

What are you doing? Practicing Empathy is an activity that teaches children how to build their emotional literacy and practice perspective taking, two of the core building blocks of empathy. This activity will help children to create stronger emotional connections with each other, building empathy that they can then put into practice when completing service projects. Why does it matter? Empathy is a set of skills that involves the practice of...Read more

Friendship Bench

What You Are Doing: The Arrowhead Kids Care Club from East Setauket, NY aspired to combat bullying and make their playground a more inclusive space. They built a Friendship Bench to encourage students to meet new people and establish meaningful friendships. Why it Matters: One out of every 4 students in the U.S. is bullied every year. [1] Youth can be bullied based on their looks, body shape, race or simply because of the way they act or the...Read more

Holiday Warmth-Coat Drive

What You're Doing Help the less fortunate in your community keep warm over the winter holidays. Why It Matters On average, more than 578,000 people are homeless in the United States on a given night, and 31 percent of them are living without shelter. The winter months can be some of the most difficult times of the year, especially for those who don't have the proper winter clothing. Help the people in your community stay cozy this winter with a...Read more

Toy Drive

Share the world of play with kids who don't have many toys! Collect toys and share them with less-fortunate kids.Read more

Documentary Film Screening

Many do not understand the harsh realities of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in the US. Often, people make donations to relief organizations without knowing the real causes and effects of the issue at hand. It is sometimes easy to think about hunger, homelessness, and poverty on a large scale, without learning about the individual stories of struggle and perseverance in our nation. This year, host a screening of a documentary or film that...Read more

Coloring care: Coloring books for children without homes

We have all seen homeless people on city streets. Did you know almost half of homeless people are part of homeless families? The families are not able to pay for housing, food, childcare, healthcare, and education. Due to the difficulties, homeless children are likely to be ashamed, depressed, and often feel hopeless socially, emotionally, and academically. Help brighten the day of some homeless children by creating activity books to deliver to...Read more

Sneakers for Kids

Did you know... there are over 1.6 million children in the United States who are homeless. Many of them cannot attend school because they don't have footwear or their footwear is in deplorable condition. You can help provide these kids with the proper footwear by doing a sneaker drive in your school or community.Read more

Help students in need get ready for school: School supply boxes

Each school year, students and their caregivers prepare for the start of school by buying lots of supplies. These supplies can end up costing lots of money. For families struggling with money, it may not be possible to afford the needed supplies. This could leave the students unprepared to start school and learn. It's Back to School time! Pencils...glue sticks...erasers...scissors...crayons... Collect some supplies and help a friend start the...Read more

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