The 30-Day Challenge
The 30-Day Challenge is an interactive way to help raise awareness and money to help those in need in our community. This project provides 30 days worth of journaling, reading assignments and small donations. Participants engage in a small awareness-raising activity every day for 30 days.
The 30-Day Challenge is also a great way for students to prepare for Hunger & Homeless Awareness month and Shantytown. This year we are holding a contest to see which school can get the most students to participate. The winner of the contest will be the school with the highest percentage of school participation in the Challenge, and will be recognized at the Coalition’s Annual Dinner and in Streetvibes, the Coalition’s street newspaper. Contact Mark Mussman, Director of Education to register your school for this contest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voice of the Homeless Speakers Bureau
A formerly or currently homeless individual shares their experiences. In addition, a coalition staff member or partner from the Hunger & Homeless Awareness Month team accompanies the speaker and provides factual information on the homeless crisis in our community and beyond, while the speaker’s story helps to personalize the issue. For more information please visit this link.
City-wide Shantytown/Hunger & Homeless Awareness Month T-shirt cost is $7.00 per person. If you are interested in ordering t-shirts for your group, orders must be submitted by TBD. All T-Shirts are ADULT sizes and will include registered school names as noted on your registration form. T-shirts will be delivered at your school prior to your Hunger & Homeless Awareness events.
Raise awareness by encouraging your entire school to wear homeless awareness bracelets.
Bracelets are to be sold for $1.00 each and all collected funds as well as unsold bracelets should be sent to Faces Without Places. Bracelets will be delivered at your school prior to your Hunger & Homeless Awareness events.
Day by Day Calendar
Day by Day is an annual calendar produced by the Homeless Coalition, Prairie Inc., and the Mayerson Foundation Service-Learning Program. It features photographs taken by individuals experiencing homelessness & high school students. Streetvibes Distributors sell the calendar during the holiday season for an additional source of income. On average, distributers earned $135 from selling the calendar.
This year, schools can get involved by selling calendars at their school! The proceeds will be divided amongst calendar distributors. Your school could make an impact in the lives of our distributors. Together we can!
Make cardboard signs that feature homelessness statistics and display or hold them while standing by the streets or hallways of your schools
- Through Our Eyes (Reflections from students and stories of homeless individuals here in Cincinnati)
- Lives Turned Upside Down: Homeless Children in Their Own Words and Photographs by Jim Hubbard (Children’s book)
- A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning and Elaine Pedlar (Children’s book)
- The Lady in the Box bys Ann McGovern and Marni Backe (Children’s book)
- Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by DyAnne DiSalvo (Children’s book)
- Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler (Children’s book)
- (See Attachment below for a longer list of children’s books on homelessness.)
- “Faces of Homelessness” video, 13 minutes, $15, from the National Coalition for the Homeless, 1012 13th Street, NW Suite 600, Washington DC 20005-2471, 202-737-6444 ext. 16
- “The Homeless Home Movie,”$44, from Media Visions, Inc. Jim Burns, 11626 SW6th Lane, Gainsville, Florida 32607, 352-215-0656
- 30 Days on Minimum Wage (45 mins) (Contact GCHC)
- Dark Days (homeless living in New York subways 84 mins) (Contact GCHC)
- God Bless This Child (Woman and daughter struggle to find Shelter 93 mins) (Contact GCHC)
- Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story
- Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story
- Pursuit of Happiness
- The Soloist
- The Fisher King
- Curly Sue
- Why are people homeless? http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/why.html
- How many people experience homelessness?http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/How_Many.html
- Who is homeless? http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/who.html
- Homeless Youth http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/youth.html
- Homeless Families with Childrenhttp://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/families.html
- Homeless Education: An Introduction to the Issueshttp://center.serve.org/nche/downloads/briefs/introduction.pdf
- A Critical Moment: Child & Youth Homelessness in Our Nation’s Schoolshttp://www.firstfocus.net/library/reports/a-critical-moment-child-youth-homelessness-in-our-nations-schools