Baby, its cold outside. Especially if that’s all you’ve got. Again this year, the team at BlueVolt rallied around our annual giving event and put together Warming Kits for the homeless in Portland.
Portland conducts an annual point-in-time count of homelessness in Portland and Multnomah County. This snapshot provides data to the City of Portland, Multnomah County and their nonprofit partners to plan for the funding and services needed to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The 2013 count identified 2,869 people who were “literally homeless” – sleeping in an emergency shelter or unsheltered – on the night of the survey (January 30, 2013). This number includes 1,895 people who were unsheltered (sleeping outside, in a vehicle, or abandoned building) and 974 people who were sleeping in an emergency shelter.
How we help
Everyone at BlueVolt gets involved. We make donations and help collect donations of items and cash so that we can purchase and assemble Warming Kits. Each kit contains:
- Scarf (most are hand-made by the team)
- Wool socks
- Meal Voucher to Sisters of the Road café, good for a free, warm meal
- Sweet treat
This activity is shared with the other businesses in the Portland State Business Accelerator building, like OpenSesame, ESS, Bettery, Drupal Association and Weogeo, and many of those companies participate by donating cash and kit contents, and help to assemble the kits.
We then take those finished kits and hand-deliver them to those who live outdoors. This year, we made a little over 100 kits, many which are already in the hands of those who need to stay warm.
We know this is an important and valuable activity; and it feels really good to do it.