Day of Service: 3 Simple Ways to Help the Homeless
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Here are 3 simple ways you can help the homeless.
(1) Shed last season’s winter coat.
Warm coats, hats, and scarves, boots, socks, blankets, tarps, and gloves are vital for the homeless during winter months — as they’re sleeping on streets and unable to regularly launder clothing. Martha’s Outfitters and ThriveDC are two of many DMV area organizations that accept these types of donations.
(2) Pick up the phone.
DC law requires the city to provide shelter for the homeless when the temperature dips below 32 degrees. If temps are plummeting and you see someone who might need immediate shelter, call the DMV area's hypothermia hotline at (202) 399-7093, or 211. You can tweet at @DCHypothermia to have someone pick them up, too.
(3) Donate your time.
Shelters are busiest — and most overwhelmed — during winter months. Sign up for a kitchen shift, fill up a shopping cart, or share some of your special skills, like résumé writing or legal expertise. One hour a month makes a difference.