Homelessness is such a big and complex issue. When discussing this topic, economic, health, and social factors along with others are involved. Lack of affordability and accessibility are major when considering homelessness because they tend to be the main reason or outcome.
2020 was a rough year due to the dangers and impact of COVID-19. We imagined people without a home are struggling more than ever. Even now in 2021, COVID-19 is still a serious issue. We wanted to focus on giving back to our community. When discussing what we could do, the idea of care packages was mentioned. Everyone in the team loved the idea and from there we started planning and figuring out a budget.
We had some struggles along the way with managing our budget and also within our team. With busy schedules and stress due to the pandemic, unfortunately half of our team had to drop out. Still, we worked hard to ensure these care packages would be made with lots of care.
Every Monday and Wednesday of the week we had team meetings which were almost 2 hours each. As a team we can all agree this was a stressful but fun project. We've learned a lot about homelessness. There are countless reasons a person can become homeless but we should never judge them. As a team we also learned how to manage a budget and website, organize meetings, do research, and much more.
We were able to partner with the LA Mission and the Midnight Mission. As minors, we thought it'd be safer to raise donations and create the packages which we'd deliver to a mission who could distribute it for us. We were able to raise over $100 through family, our school's parent center, and through a program known as NAI (Neighborhood Academic Initiative). At the end we were able to put together a little over 150 care packages.
We are incredibly thankful for all the donations made and for this experience and opportunity to help our community.