March 18, 2009

Who needs what: helping other people help people

We’re happy to welcome erstwhile Bread for the City staffer Jessie Posilkin back to the fold for some weekly blogging action.

Dearest blog buddies:

As the economy continues to push budgets to the breaking point, the best way to make it through is to work together. So we’re going to try out a new column here at Beyond Bread in which we’ll highlight partners and organizations who need a certain something in particular (other than more sweet cash).

This week, we have a request from So Others Might Eat (SOME), who tell us they are in need of some thermal underwear, socks, washcloths and bars of soap. SOME’s showers and clothing room service more than 40 homeless men and women every day, so these items are in perpetual demand. If you have any of these items and would be willing to donate them, please e-mail Tracy Monson.

If you work with an organization that works against homelessness and poverty, can you think of any needs for tangible items? Contact Matt Siemer.

Bread for the City already posts its wishlist on its website, which you should also check out if you’d like to know of non-monetary ways that you can help people in need. See something you can provide to us? That would be another appropriate reason to contact Matt.

If there’s interest out there, we’d like to make this a weekly feature—so please be in touch!

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