Nov 4, 2015

Help UPO Help the DC Homeless

Shelter Hotline employee conversing with client
Shelter Hotline employee conversing with client

Many of us have protection from the elements, freezing winter to searing summer heat but the homeless do not. UPO helps the DC Homeless throughout the year. With a rise in DC Homeless, the UPO Shelter Hotline vans transported 162,783 people to shelter in 2014. Funded by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness the UPO Shelter Hotline represents the entry point assisting Homeless folks on the street and transporting them to Homeless Shelters.

UPO provides all the comfort items we distribute to the DC Homeless we assist. Donations to Help UPO Help the DC Homeless on Global Giving provides the funds we need to purchase the comfort items. UPO distributed 47,041 comfort items during FY 14 and in FY 15 through June 30, 2015 we distributed 41,132 comfort items to DC Homeless.

The photographs attached show Shelter Hotline's daily activities “Helping the DC Homeless”.

For an INFOGRAPHIC SNAPSHOT of the impact that the UPO Shelter Hotline has had during this past year - see the attached Link #1 and see the attached Link #2 to view a video news reports by a DC TV news stations featuring the work of UPO Shelter Hotline.

We participated in the Global Giving 30% Bonus Day, the final Bonus Day of the year, on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 and raised an additional $400. Since joining Global Giving in March 2015 we have raised $8,500 from 119 generous donations , earned the Reward Level  of Super Star on Global Giving and are ranked 336th out of 18,076 Projects on Global Giving. We aim to reach our fundraising Goal of $12,000 for our “Help UPO Help the DC Homeless” Project by December 31, 2015.

We have allocated $400 of funds raised since September, 2015 towards helping to fund a special Homeless Children’s project to deliver 837 winter, baby, and hygiene kits to children of homeless DC families living in House of Ruth shelters and at DC General Shelter for Families. The need for resources to support homeless families with children is increasing. According to the 2014 Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons in the Metropolitan Washington Region, produced by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the number of children in homeless families in DC increased from 1,868 in 2013 to 2,236 in 2014, an increase of 19.7%. The distribution of winter, baby, and hygiene kits to children of homeless DC families will improve their wellbeing by providing them with some basic necessities to get them through the tough winter months ahead. We will allocate at least half of the funds we raise through the end of December, 2015 to the Homeless Children’s project.

UPO’s Mission is Uniting People with Opportunities. If you are interested in receiving additional updates about UPO activities in our ongoing war against poverty visit our website http://www.upo.org or send your mailing address and email address to mmyers@upo.org for periodic updates.

Thank you so much for your support Helping UPO Help the DC Homeless. We are counting on your continued support especially on Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2015 and during the year-end fundraising season to give donors the benefit of a tax deduction for the 2015 tax year.

Shelter Hotline homeless pick up vehicle
Shelter Hotline homeless pick up vehicle
Shelter Hotline employee picking up a client
Shelter Hotline employee picking up a client

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Aug 11, 2015

Help UPO Help the DC Homeless

Shelter Hotline employee conversing with client
Shelter Hotline employee conversing with client

Many of us have protection from the elements but exceptionally violent thunderstorms, searing heat and humidity have made the lives of the homeless on the streets of DC exceptionally challenging this summer. UPO helps the DC homeless throughout the year. With a rise in DC homeless, the UPO Shelter Hotline vans transported 162,494 people to warming centers, cooling stations and homeless shelters in 2014.

During the period October 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 UPO has distributed 41,132 comfort Items to DC homeless assisted by Shelter Hotline – see PDF attached. Our project, “Help UPO Help the DC Homeless” has been promoted through the Global Giving website since March 18, 2015 and we are grateful for the 113 generous donations totaling $8,112 that we have raised to date toward the purchase of additional comfort Items. Attached is a recent letter of thanks from Shelter Hotline clients expressing appreciation for the support they received.

We participated in the Global Giving Partner Rewards Bonus Day on July 15, 2015 when we received 18 additional donations totaling $1,005. We will be participating in the Global Giving 30% Bonus Day, the final Bonus Day of the year, on Wednesday, September 16th and plan to allocate $2,000 raised that day towards helping to fund a special Homeless Children’s project to deliver 837 winter, baby, and hygiene kits to children of homeless DC families living in House of Ruth shelters and at DC General Shelter for Families. The need for resources to support homeless families with children is increasing. According to the 2014 Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons in the Metropolitan Washington Region, produced by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the number of children in homeless families in DC increased from 1,868 in 2013 to 2,236 in 2014, an increase of 19.7%. As the number of children in homeless families continue to increase, so too does the need for greater resources for those who provide sanctuary for them. The distribution of winter, baby, and hygiene kits to children of homeless DC families will improve their wellbeing by providing them with some basic necessities to get them through the tough winter months ahead.

Please look out for us on Global Giving 30% Bonus Day on September 16th! 

UPO’s Mission is Uniting People with Opportunities. If you are interested in receiving additional updates about UPO activities in our ongoing war against poverty visit our website http://www.upo.org or send your mailing address and email address to mmyers@upo.org for periodic updates.

Thank you so much for your support Helping UPO Help the DC Homeless.

Shelter Hotline homeless pick up vehicle
Shelter Hotline homeless pick up vehicle

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May 20, 2015

Help UPO Help the DC Homeless

Many of us have protection from the elements, freezing winter to searing summer heat but the homeless do not. UPO helps the DC Homeless throughout the year. With a rise in DC Homeless, the UPO Shelter Hotline vans transported 162,783 people to shelter in 2014. Funded by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness  the UPO Shelter Hotline represents the entry point assisting Homeless folks on the street and transporting them to Homeless Shelters.

UPO provides all the comfort items we distribute to the DC Homeless we assist. Donations to  Help UPO Help the DC Homeless on Global Giving  provide the funds we need to purchase the Comfort Items .We distributed 47,041 Comfort Items to DC Homeless in 2014 -see pdf attached. The photographs attached show Shelter Hotline's daily activities Helping the DC Homeless.

For an INFOGRAPHIC SNAPSHOT of the impact that the UPO Shelter Hotline has had during this past year - see the attached Link#1 

See the attached Link#2 and Link#3 to see video news reports by 2 DC news stations featuring the work of UPO Shelter Hotline

Since joining Global Giving just 2 months ago in March 2015, we have participated in The Global Giving Challenge, Meeting the Challenge with 74 Donors donating $5,675, placing us 29th out of hundreds of non-profits competing. We also paticipated in the recent May 13th Bonus Day raising $957 from 13 donors earning a Match of $248.To date we have raised a total of $7,082 from 94 Donors. Please look out for us - we plan to compte in  Global Giving Partner Rewards Bonus Day! On July 15th! 

UPO’s Mission is Uniting People with Opportunities. If you are interested in receiving additional updates about UPO activities in our ongoing war against poverty visit our website http://www.upo.org or send your mailing address and email address to mmyers@upo.org for periodic updates.

Thank you so much for your support Helping UPO Help the DC Homeless.

 

  

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