Found a homeless person in my home state for once – Pizza time.
Also – I want to address something. I’ve seen some comments saying that a good deed that is photographed invalidates it because it causes it to become attention seeking. Back when I made my very first post, the fact that not every single hand out was photographed INSTANTLY caused a huge amount of doubt – people needed to see PROOF that their donations were actually being used for something. We are on the internet and the only way to make something like this air-tight is to document literally everything.
Went to philly again today for a haircut, and I thought pizza was appropriate for the day. Social distancing as always. Also, our printed T-shirts came in! Check out the QR code on the back! If you have interest in snagging yourself one, make sure to contact us.
Handed some food out in Philadelphia today. The homeless have it much worse than normal – people are cautious to interact with each other and leave their houses. It truly seems dystopic watching the streets pretty empty and the occasional people with masks on. The homeless are receiving much less help than usual. While adhering to the social distancing guidelines, I dropped of pizza for a few homeless people. Hope you guys can do the same!
And why do I have so many pictures? It may seem excessive but it is because of my personal experience with the internet – if it isn’t photographed, it might as well not have happened.
I have been doing a lot of thinking regarding how to best move forward during these harsh times. I think the most important thing is innovating when possible in order to both take care of the homeless while at the same time respecting our volunteer’s safety.
First and foremost, we want to take a firm stance on safety – everybody should maintain a safe social distance from one another at all times. All volunteers should only participate fully adhering to our suggested safety measures as well as understand the risks being taken even then.
I believe that the best solution as of now is to prepare/purchase meals that will be dropped off at a nearby location (down the street) from homeless people. Pictures can be taken from far away and the homeless should be alerted to the drop off of the food. In terms of QR code visibility, we are fine with just the pictures from far just for the proof of the act of charity. (This is the internet after all – if there is no documentation, it might as well not have happened).
With the recent happenings, there is mass hysteria regarding COVID-19. We are well aware of the risks and hope you all stay safe during this time. With that said, 2 volunteers have gone out in California and did some amazing work this past week.
While we appreciate donations, we currently have a good amount. What we really need is volunteers to help hand out food! PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US!
I’ve been quite busy with very far locations for my rotation sites. However I made some time to hand out a meal today. In the meantime, we have filed for non-profit status and will finally be a bit more official in this regard.