EUGENE, Ore. – Saturday, the local non-profit ShelterCare kicked off a month-long fundraising and awareness campaign called “I ShelterCare about homelessness.”
The goal is to bring more recognition to the homeless problem in Lane County.
Volunteers gathered at the ShelterCare headquarters on 4th Avenue to kick off the campaign with a series of speakers.
They also made homeless outreach kits. They filled 200 plastic bags with socks, granola bars, and other helpful items.
“It's kind of a symbol that somebody cares about you. And it's a way that our outreach workers can actually give people something worthwhile that they can use and help build a trusting relationship with them,” said Don Gulbrandsen from ShelterCare.
Gulbrandsen said the ShelterCare outreach team plans to hand out the kits to people they find living on the street.
The 200 kits will only last for 2 months.
During the month-long campaign, Gulbrandsen said they hope to raise $70,000. The money will go toward helping homeless people find housing.