In addition to our building and remodeling projects, HomeAid reaches out to meet the immediate needs of Atlanta's homeless and the organizations serving them. Every year we complete several HomeAid Care Days, HomeAid CareKits, and the Essentials Drive.
HomeAid Care Days, which are one-day hands on volunteer days during which minor repairs and upgrades are made at homeless service facilities. Tasks like painting, landscaping, cleaning, and small construction projects are done at no charge to them based on each organization’s need. Since 2001, HomeAid has completed more than 80 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 assembled and donated to local providers of services to the homeless. Since 2014, HomeAid has assembled and donated 5,800 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 homeless families. Since 2001, HomeAid has collected more than 1.2 million baby items and distributed them to more than 30 local nonprofit organizations serving homeless families and children in 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 such as diapers, wipes, and baby formula.
Since 2014, nearly $63,500 worth of household items have been collected through the Stock the House campaign, in partnership with the Professional Women in Building - Atlanta Chapter. These items, including everything from bedding to small appliances to washcloths, provide a warm welcome to homeless families and individuals moving into HomeAid built facilities.