October 15 - 24th is Greater Cincinnati's Homeless Awareness Week, which will consist of fund-raising events, awareness events, and volunteering events. Faces without Places is working in conjunction with The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless (GCCH), and the Mayerson Foundation.
The week starts off on 10/16 with Homeless Awareness Week Kick-Off at Refuge Coffee Bar with live music, poetry, artwork, first hand accounts of experiencing homelessness, and much more!
Throughout the week, we are asking schools, organizations, and places of worship to participate in a Shantytown, where individuals stay outside for a night to get a better understanding of homelessness. We are also encouraging organizations to fund-raise or host a donation drive for an agency of their choice in our adopt-an-agency drive. In addition, we are asking organizations to organize their own cardboard brigade to raise awareness about issues of homelessness. Lastly, FWP is inviting organizations to sell our Break the Cycle (of Homelessness) bracelets as a fundraiser to benefit children experiencing homelessness. (Below is a mock up of the bracelet)
On 10/18 in Northern Kentucky will be The Faces of Hunger and Homelessness A Community Event for the Hungry and Homeless
On 10/19 An event will be held to Celebrate Pat Clifford and later that evening HamBINGO! at Hamburger Mary's will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the GCCH (more details to come)
The week commences with The 13th Annual Benefit for Homeless Children "Yellow Bus Ball"
from 6 - 11:30 pm at The Cincinnati Museum Center At Union Terminal.
Trish and I have been working hard to reach out to area schools, requesting their participation in the week. Last week, Trish, Bill, and I went to the Mayerson High School Service Leadership Conference, in which over 500 high school students were in attendance.
If you are interested or know of a teacher or student that would be interested in organizing an event at their school, have them contact Beth firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513.549.3155 for more information. Or direct them to www.citywideshantytown.com