In addition to our building and remodeling projects, HomeAid reaches out to meet the immediate needs of Atlanta families and individuals experiencing homeless and the organizations that assist them. Every year we complete several HomeAid Care Days, HomeAid CareKits, and the Essentials Drive.
HomeAid Care Days are hands-on volunteer workdays during which minor repairs and upgrades are made at homeless shetlers and homeless service facilities. Tasks like painting, landscaping, cleaning, and small construction projects are done at no charge based on each organization’s need. Since 2001, HomeAid has completed nearly 100 HomeAid Care Days (and counting), resulting in a savings of more than $300,000 to service providers.
In 2014, HomeAid began its CareKits initiative. CareKits are hygiene kits packed by volunteers and donated to local providers of homeless services. Since 2014, HomeAid has assembled and donated 7,300 CareKits in partnership with Bank of America, a national sponsor of HomeAid.
Another outreach project is our annual Essentials Drive, our yearly drive to collect “essential” baby items in great need by families with young children experiencing homelessness. Since 2001, HomeAid has collected more than 1.3 million baby items and distributed them to more than 30 local nonprofit organizations serving the metro Atlanta area. Businesses, community organizations, and individuals are invited to participate in the Essentials Drive by hosting a collection site or donating items like diapers and baby wipes.
Since 2014, more than $75,000 of household items have been collected through the Stock the House campaign. These items, including everything from bedding to small appliances to washcloths, provide a warm welcome to families and individuals moving into HomeAid-built facilities.