Our Turn: Helping the homeless
Community service is nothing new for students in the Northwoods Community Secondary School. Neither is looking for innovative, creative and unique ways of doing so. A different approach to a simple concept can prove great results for both our school and the community.
Recently, NCSS was contacted by the coordinators of The Family Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive; a fundraiser which collects hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste and diapers for the homeless or those at risk of homelessness. This drive benefits homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters and crisis agencies that serve those in need within the population of Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Forest counties.
The Family Help for the Homeless drive originated in the Green Bay area 22 years ago. It is a one month drive which runs between March 3 and March 30. The drive is sponsored by The Family Radio Station in Appleton. Since 2008, this drive has collected more than one million dollars worth of hygiene products for those in need in 13 different communities and more than 80 crisis and homeless agencies throughout Wisconsin.
2014 marks the first year which the Help for the Homeless Drive will be operating in this area. With this opportunity at hand, several NCSS students including myself have quickly assembled to begin developing a plan as to how we can contribute to the success of the Help For The Homeless drive in our community.
NCSS believes that the Help for the Homeless Drive would benefit our community in a tremendous way by providing the things that most of us consider to be basic necessities to those less fortunate who cannot say the same. We believe that with the assistance of this drive, it will improve the quality of life for many people who are struggling since all proceeds are distributed within the area they are collected.
This is why a multitude of NCSS students will be contributing their time to help generate different ways in which we can help promote the Help for the Homeless Drive. Currently, we have been working on different ways to raise donations; such as donation boxes placed in schools, businesses, and churches.
If you would like to contribute to the Help for the Homeless Drive, please drop off your donations in boxes placed throughout the area. The boxes will have a Help for the Homeless poster near or on them. Boxes can be found at participating schools, churches and businesses including NCSS.