Tuesday, March 4, 2014

2,000 Socks Donated


 February 28, 2014

Socks for the Homeless donated 
1,000 pairs of women and children's socks to:  The Julian Center


1,000 pairs of children's socks to:  Children's Emergency Shelter
Children's Bureau, Inc.





Friday, February 28, 2014

Project Ideas



SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS
PROJECT IDEAS

Companies/Businesses
  • Great for team building and company community service projects
  • Internal - employee socks drive
  • External – socks drop location


Organizations (sororities, fraternities, community, etc…)

  • Great for community service project/volunteer hours
  • Internal – members and friends sock drive
  • External – Sock drive at an event or location *creative*


Schools

  • Can include students, staff, parents, parish, and/or community
  • Great for community service project/volunteer hours
  • Internal – School sock drive
  • Internal – Classroom competition *creative idea*
  • External – Sock drop location


Churches

  • Great for community service project/volunteer hours
  • Internal – Member/visitor sock drive
  • Get creative and make it an event
  • External – sock drop location
  • External – community socks drive


Individuals

  • Create a sock drive at work, with family, in neighborhood, at church, etc…
  • Great for community service project/volunteer hours
  • Neighborhood Sock drive - *creative idea*



SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS
CHECKLISTS





SAMPLE INTERNAL PROJECT CHECKLIST:

    • Market your socks drive - Publicize your sock drive through flyers, emails, newsletters, announcements, Facebook, or twitter. (Hint:  Be sure to include the who, what, when, where, how and why).
    • Collection Box - You can request a collection box from a Socks for the Homeless representative or if you have access to boxes already you can simply print a poster and create your own collection box - feel free to be creative.
    • Create a collection station(s) - Place sock collection box(es) in a convenient location at your business/organization.  
    • When sock drive is complete – contact and Socks for the Homeless representative to pick up socks.




      SAMPLE EXTERNAL PROJECT CHECKLIST:

        • Market your socks drive - Publicize your sock drive through flyers, emails, newsletters, announcements, Facebook, or twitter. (Hint:  Be sure to include the who, what, when, where, how and why).
        • Collection Box - You can request a collection box from a Socks for the Homeless representative or if you have access to boxes already you can simply print a poster and create your own collection box - feel free to be creative.
        • Create a collection station(s) - Place sock collection box(es) in a convenient location at your business/organization.  
        • Business/Organization will be listed as a sock drop location site on www.socksforthehomeless.blogspot.com and communication emails.




          SAMPLE NEIGHBORHOOD SOCK DRIVE CHECKLIST:

          • Market your socks drive - Publicize your sock drive through flyers, emails, newsletters, announcements, Facebook, or twitter. (Hint:  Be sure to include the who, what, when, where, how and why).
          • Collection Box - You can request a collection box from a Socks for the Homeless representative or if you have access to boxes already you can simply print a poster and create your own collection box - feel free to be creative.
          • Create a collection station(s) - Place sock collection box(es) in a convenient location OR...
          • Creative Suggestions - Let your neighbors know that you are conducting a sock drive and will be around to collect socks for the homeless on a certain date
          • Creative Suggestions - Let your neighbors know that you will set out a table/box on a certain date to collect socks for the homeless.  Set up a tent, play some music, etc…


          SAMPLE SCHOOL SOCK DRIVE CHECKLIST:

          • Market your socks drive - Publicize your sock drive through flyers, emails, newsletters, announcements, Facebook, or twitter. (Hint:  Be sure to include the who, what, when, where, how and why).
          • Collection Box - You can request a collection box from a Socks for the Homeless representative or if you have access to boxes already you can simply print a poster and create your own collection box - feel free to be creative.
          • Create a collection station(s) - Place sock collection box(es) in a convenient location at your school.
          • Creative suggestion - To motivate students develop a classroom competition and offer a prize/party for the winning class. (For example, an ice cream party, and movie party, free time, etc.)







          SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS NEEDS YOU TO
          PLEASE CONTACT US TODAY

          2,000 Pairs of Socks!


          GIRL SCOUTS  OF CENTRAL INDIANA
          for your donation of

          2,000
          pairs of socks



          Monday, February 10, 2014

          An act of kindness...

          Starting a sock drive is an act of kindness 
          that will reach out and touch many people...

          471 socks donated to Horizon House!


          Your sock donation makes a difference!

          Today I dropped off a sock donation to Horizon House, a full-service day center that serves the homeless in central Indiana.  When I walked in the door with the first box I was amazed by the number of people waiting for services inside.  The open day room was filled with consumers.  Within 5 minutes the socks were being pulled out of the first box and passed out to consumers standing in line. 

          471 SOCKS DONATED TODAY!

          Horizon House provides essential services like:
          ·         shower & laundry facilities
          ·         telephones & mail delivery service
          ·         employment program & computer lab
          ·         case management & housing programs
          ·         veteran services
          ·         street outreach
          ·         co-located medical, mental health and legal services

          Shay Spivey-Mays, BSW, MSW
          Volunteer Coordinator
          Socks for the Homeless, Inc.
          Socksforthehomeless.blogspot.com



          Recent deliveries


          February 2014
          Socks for the Homeless donated 471 pairs of socks to:
          Horizon House Inc.
          1033 East Washington Street
          Indianapolis, IN 46202
          317-423-8909

          February 2014
          Socks for the Homeless donated 450 pairs of men/women/children socks to:
          Wheeler Mission Ministries
          Website:  wheelermission.org

          January 2014
          Socks for the Homeless donated 422 pairs of socks to:
          Dayspring Center
          Serving Homeless Families with Children
          Dayspring Center provides emergency shelter, clothing, and three nourishing meals-a-day for homeless families with children in central Indiana. Families turn to us as a last resort; some to escape domestic abuse, others have experienced financial collapse, medical problems, or other crises that caused them to lose their home.

          **See the "OUR IMPACT" tab for a complete history

          7,100


          HOORAY!
          Socks for the Homeless 
          Community Service Project
          has delivered over 
          7,100
          pairs of socks to homeless service agencies in Indianapolis, Indiana.


          Friday, January 3, 2014

          Happy New Year


          International School of Indiana



          5TH GRADE
          INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF INDIANA

          For making Socks for the Homeless your 2013 community service project.  
          We are grateful to the students, staff, and parents
          for collecting socks for the homeless.

          Thank you!
          Thank you!
          Thank you!

          Cathedral High School Cafe Club

          CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL 
          CAFE CLUB
           for collecting socks and other additional items for the homeless!  
          We love having you as a NEW partner and look forward to working with you again next year.




          Thank You Girl Scouts

          Thank you to

          GIRL SCOUTS OF INDIANA
          INDIANA TROOP 2416
          REDBUD SERVICE UNIT
          (Edinburgh, Franklin, and Trafalgar, Indiana)

          Thank you Redbud Service Unit (and Jessica) for collecting 
          Over 350 pairs of socks 
          for the homeless as one of your fun 2013 community service projects.  I look forward to a long partnership.



          Tuesday, December 17, 2013

          Central Catholic School


          Thank you
          CENTRAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL
          For making Socks for the Homeless 
          your school 2013 Advent Project.
          Your continued support and generous sock donation of
          562 pairs of socks
          is greatly appreciated.  We love partnering with 
          Central Catholic School every year!





          Decatur Central High School


          Thank you
          To our partner
          DECATUR CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
          For collecting over 300 pairs of socks for the homeless
          We are grateful to the students, staff, and parents
          for collecting socks for the homeless.




          Samuel's Family



          Thank you
          Samuels Family
          For making Socks for the Homeless your 2013 Family Christmas Service Project.



          Randolph Family


          Thank you
          RANDOLPH FAMILY
          For your generous sock donations From Muncie to Indianapolis you rock!



          Monday, October 21, 2013

          2013 Indianapolis Homeless Count Report

          Startling Indianapolis Homelessness Statistics (2013)

          "As many as 4,800 to 8,000 individuals are experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. Results from the most current study showed a 20 percent increase in those becoming homeless due to job loss."

           
          (www.chipindy.org, 2013, Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention)

          Link to report:
          http://www.chipindy.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/HomelessCount_2013_WEB.pdf 

          Thursday, September 26, 2013

          I Give Socks!!

          When Faced With A Homeless Person What Do You Do?  I Give Them Socks!
          By: Shay Spivey-Mays, BSW, MSW. 9/26/13.

          How do you feel when you pull up to a red light or freeway ramp and see a homeless person standing with a sign?  Most people, depending on the day, feel uncomfortable and want to avoid the request for a financial donation.  To be honest there have been situations when I thought:  “If I look straight ahead and do not make eye contact they will not approach me.  Please do not let them walk up to my window today.”  Most of the time I just do not have the extra cash to spare.   

          I have never been at ease with "doing nothing" when I see someone in need.  That fact that I am a giver-at-heart compels me to help others in need.  Though I have experienced a few negative encounters that have contributed to my feelings of uncertainty when giving cash, the good experiences far outweigh the bad.  I am not alone and realize that many people wonder if they should give money to the homeless on the street and if it really helps. 

          So what do I do in this situation?  I give socks.

          I give socks to the homeless standing on street corners, freeway ramps, panhandling on downtown streets, and standing outside stores.  I keep a bag of new socks in the front seat of my car so that I can hand them out the window in a hurry with a smile.  I give several pairs and I am always greeted with “Thank you!  I needed socks”.

          I never have to ignore the person holding a sign that asks for help again!  When faced with a homeless person what do you do?  I give them socks!

           

          By: Shay Spivey-Mays, BSW, MSW. September 26, 2013.
          For additional information please visit www.SocksForTheHomeless.blogspot.com and/or email shay.mays@yahoo.com.

          2013 COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT!
          It is simple, easy, and fun!
          Please consider partnering with Socks for the Homeless for a sock collection community service project.  A Socks for the Homeless representative can provide assistance in any of the following areas:
          • Decorated collection box(es)
          • Flyers, email announcements, etc…
          • Pick up of sock donations
          • Delivery/distribution to homeless service organizations
          Some organizations conduct their own independent Socks for the Homeless Community Service Projects and just need help with pick-up and delivery - Great!
          Other organizations want help with boxes, flyers, and getting the word out - Great!

          We are always open to new sock collection ideas (Sock Hops, Neighborhood Events, etc…). 
          Let me know what you need and we can work together to make your community service project a success.

          Tuesday, June 4, 2013

          2013 SFTH Youth Community Service Award


          2013 SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS YOUTH COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

          WHO:
          Socks for the Homeless, Inc. is a community service project serving the homeless population in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Our mission is simply to collect socks for the homeless.
          ·         Contact:  Shay Spivey-Mays
          ·         Website:  socksforthehomeless.blogspot.com
          ·         Email:  SocksForTheHomelessInc@yahoo.com
           
          WHAT: 
          The 2013 Socks for the Homeless Youth Community Service Award will be awarded to three youth volunteers (ages 5-18) that conduct a sock drive(s) in their school, church, organization, community, etc. in 2013.  Donate socks to Socks for the Homeless, Inc.  It is FREE to apply. 
           
          WHEN:  2013
          ·         12/31/2013 - Deadline to apply
          ·         1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013 - The sock collection project must take place between these dates.
          There are no time limits or time requirement on individual projects. 
          ·         2/1/2014 – Winner will be announced on website.  Only award winners will be notified individually.
           
          WHERE:
          Submit application electronically to:  SocksForTheHomelessInc@yahoo.com
          Contact SocksForTheHomelessInc@yahoo.com to coordinate sock donation pick up or delivery.
           
          HOW: 
          Be Creative!
          Adults may assist, however it is required that youth volunteers (ages 5-18) lead the sock collection project.  Please check that your application includes the following:
          ·         Application Form
          ·         Essay (500 words or less)
          ·         Photo of Project
          ·         1 letter of recommendation from a helping adult (teacher, minister, mentor, parent, etc.)
           
          PRIZES
          One $25 award for the winning project from K-6th grade applicants;
          One $25 award for the winning project from 7-8th grade applicants;
          One $25 award for the winning project from 9-12th grade applicants.
           
          Thank you for collecting socks for the homeless and for applying for this award.

          _________________________________________________________________________________

          2013 SOCKS FOR THE HOMELESS YOUTH COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
          Application Form

          What grade are you in (circle):          K-6th     7th–8th    9th-12th          Gender:  Female or Male

          Name:             ___________________________________________________________

          Address:          ___________________________________________________________

          City, State, Zip:            ___________________________________________________________

          Phone/Email:              ___________________________________________________________

          Name of School/Organization:  ___________________________________________________

          Address of School/Org.:          ______________________________________________________

          City, State, Zip:            ___________________________________________________________

          Please check all that apply:
          ___Sock collection occurred in 2013
          ___Socks were donated to Socks for the Homeless, Inc.
          ___If not donated to SFTH, where did you donate?
          _______________________________________________________

          How many socks did you collect?  ______

          ESSAY FORMAT
          On a separate page please provide a brief description of your project by answering the following questions in 500 words or less:
           
          What:  (What was the name of your socks drive?)
           
          When:  (What is the date(s) of your project?)
           
          Where:  (Where was your sock drive?)
           
          How:  (How did you do it?)
           
          Why:  (Why did you decide to collect socks for the homeless?)
           

          Thank you for collecting socks for the homeless and for applying for this award.







           

          Saturday, May 18, 2013

          Meet Me Under The Bridge




          I wanted to share this amazing organization with you:  Meet Me Under the Bridge

          Meet Me Under the Bridge
          Website:  www.meetmeunderthebridge.org

          “Street ministries, like ours, meet the homeless where they are.     We are trying to make a difference in the hearts of the homeless and help those in need. Many homeless sleep on the streets, under bridges, and in vacant houses.    Our efforts are not to enable them to stay on the street, but to encourage them with hope, trust, love, and a desire to be treated as a human being.    We do what the Holy Spirit prompts us to do. God tells us to feed and clothe the poor. That means all of us."

          Please take a moment to visit their website and learn more about this amazing street ministry in Indianapolis that is actively meeting the homeless where they are.

          Contact Information:
          Kathy Albright, Director
          317-201-5669
          Meet Me Under The Bridge, Inc.