by Paige Blessman
Sure we can hand out loose change and dollar bills to destitute individuals we see on the street as we walk and/or drive by. But let’s think further for a second. Our change may help feed them for the day but what about tomorrow? Or next week?
And I’m intuitively asking myself this, too. Because living downtown Detroit, homelessness is an issue that I witness every day. And since it’s in my neighborhood I do give when I can because I care. I see the same individuals in the same areas panhandling and asking for spare change.
And that’s why I was excited to be in attendance of Detroit Donates’ announcement to be a long term solution to helping the homeless get the resources they need. A new initiative programmed by The Homelessness Taskforce, led by Councilwoman Mary Sheffield, and the Greektown Preservation Society.
Last week, three of the 17 repurposed parking meters, made by traveling artist phenomenon Antonio “Shades” Agee, were placed throughout downtown to collect donations for nonprofits that address the root causes of homelessness. Calling city-wide attention to this real issue of homelessness, in Detroit, as this type of fundraising is already happening in places elsewhere.
Yet this is just the start for Detroit Donates. It’s more than collecting the loose change. If you would like to be an annual sponsor (Bronze, Silver, Gold) please visit their website http://detroitdonates.org/sponsorship/ to see the specifics of each level of sponsorship. Then be sure to call Detroit Donates at: (313) 209-4551.