Give back during Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Learn about Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2017

As the holidays approach, people will gather with family and friends to enjoy a meal, reflect on holidays past and give thanks for the blessings in their lives. Many will take this opportunity to share time, talent and treasure with others. In that spirit of giving, each year the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness sponsor Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week during the week before Thanksgiving.

Homelessness Awareness Week was first held at Villanova University in 1975. In 2017, more than 700 colleges, high schools, and community groups across the country will come together the week of November 13-17 to raise awareness about the pressing issues of hunger and homelessness. This amazing effort has extended into the business community as well.

According to Ben Walkuski, Corporate Relations Manager for United Way of Greater Atlanta, “one major misconception about people experiencing homelessness is that they are unemployed. To the contrary, many individuals and families are homeless because they don’t make a living wage that would allow them to save for moving expenses, security deposit, first and last month’s rent, etc. In the face of this barrier to self-sufficiency, many individuals and families are forced to ‘couch surf’ at the home of friends and family, live in long-term stay motels or stay in shelters.”

How RentPath Gives Back supports local communities

A critical part of the RentPath mission is helping all renters find and enjoy their ideal home. In fact, the word “all” is at the core of its foundation, RentPath Gives Back, which was founded in 2016. By focusing on the root causes of homelessness, RentPath’s employees have gotten involved this year with two major skills-based efforts—job readiness with United Way partners such as Vets Connect and SPARC, and building technical infrastructure for Open Doors Atlanta to enable the electronic match of residents and apartments.

RentPath Gives Back is putting mind, muscles and money to work in the communities where we live and work to put an end to homelessness. RentPath employees will be doing their part the week of November 13-17, 2017, by:

  • Building furniture for first-time homeowners
  • Assembling care packages, hygiene kits and literacy packages
  • Beautifying the grounds at some local nonprofits
  • Organizing clothing closets and food pantries
  • Writing letters of appreciation to members of the military, including those who are homeless vets

We encourage you to do the same during the week. If you’re not sure where to get started, try the United Way ZIP Code finder to find a nonprofit partner in your area. Together, we can make a difference. #rentpathgivesback

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