Begin with Basics
In many places across the U.S.,
the number of people without permanent homes is hitting an all-time high.
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The housing crisis in the United States is a big deal, but even if you feel powerless, you have what it takes to make a difference now.
- Collect hygiene items. Even everyday items like soap and toothpaste can be too expensive for people living in poverty. You can work to collect as many travel-sized items as you can, or focus on one, through something like a Toothpaste Tuesday.
- Host a backpack drive. Many people without homes are forced to carry all their life’s belongings wherever they go. By collecting and donating backpacks, you can help them carry clothes, food and medications safely and more easily.
- Donate diapers. It’s not just adults who are struggling with homelessness, but people of all ages – including babies. Help families out by creating baby gift baskets with essential items or donating diapers.
- Create welcome home baskets. Moving into a permanent home after being unhoused is a reason to celebrate. Many local organizations gift “Welcome Home” baskets filled with all the basics. You can create them for individuals or for entire families.
- Find a cause you love. Pick an issue or project in your community that speaks to you – and speak up. Start your search now.
- Volunteer at a local nonprofit. There are lots of ways to help nonprofits near you, including by doing laundry or even unloading and sorting donated items.
You can also join us for our yearly Create the Change Day, an afternoon that shows just how fun and fulfilling giving back can be. See if we’re hosting an event near you, or get ideas for hosting your own.
Our Nonprofit Partners
We work with inspiring partners across the nation to help provide the basics to individuals and families. These are just some of them:
Recommended Reading List
The best first step to helping someone in need is taking the time to understand what they’re going through. Here are some resources about homelessness and poverty that will inspire you to give back. As an Amazon Associate Project Giving Kids earns a small commission from qualifying purchases. *
Additional Online Resources
Interested in learning more? Check out these organizations and their websites for more information!
*The books, websites, charities, and/or other entities we share does not imply explicit endorsement by PGK, nor does PGK have any responsibility for the content provided by other organizations or websites. Content on this site is provided for informational purposes only.
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Choose the grade level below to find a lesson plan.
Elementary School Lesson Plan
This lesson will focus on homelessness as it relates to basic needs and poverty. Students will imagine what it’s like to not have a permanent home and how to help those less fortunate.
- Students will gain an understanding of homelessness as it relates to basic needs and poverty
- Students will reflect on ways to help the homeless
Middle School Lesson Plan
This lesson will address the national problem of homeless in America by exploring the causes of homelessness in our society, various people that are affected, and individual triggers for homelessness. In addition, this lesson will explore the stereotypes around homeless people and the reality of those who are affected, focusing specifically on homeless families and children.
- Students will gain an understanding of homelessness in America and the contributing factors to this national problem
- Students will examine the various populations that are homeless and the individual triggers that lead to homelessness
- Students will reflect on ways to help homeless people, specifically families and children
High School Lesson Plan
This lesson will examine the socioeconomic factors contributing to homelessness and poverty in America, while focusing on initiatives aimed at reducing homelessness and poverty.
- Students will explore socioeconomic factors that contribute to homelessness and poverty
- Students will focus on initiatives aimed at reducing homelessness and poverty