We’ve gone over what winter risks are the most prominent to our friends dealing with homelessness before, but we haven’t talked much about what the rest of us can do. From hypothermia to frostbite, the homeless are certainly dealing with enough issues on their plate this winter. If you’re concerned about what you can do while the weather is cold, take these tips from us at My Brother’s Keeper to heart.
Utilize Hypothermia Hotlines
Most cities have a dedicated hypothermia hotline or number to call if you see someone clearly suffering from hypothermia. For Baltimore residents, it’s best to call 311 and let responders know what the issue is. These patrols will then help the homeless find shelter and, in the case of refusal, are provided with blankets, clothes, and something warm to drink to help balance out their body temperature.
Donating Winter Clothes
During winter, essential items like winter jackets and hats become scarce. We take these things for granted typically but they become even more important in weather like this. Beyond just clothing, donating food is also important during the winter—without proper nutrients in their system, it makes it all that much harder for the homeless to brave the cold weather. Contact My Brother’s Keeper today to find out more and donate whatever you don’t need to those who truly do need it!
Over winter, social service staff can become overwhelmed by the increase in number of clients. Simply by pulling one or two volunteer shifts per month at a shelter or kitchen can drastically free up some time for everyone and help the greater cause. It may not seem like a lot, and in terms of how much time you put into volunteering it doesn’t have to be a lot, but if you’re aiming to help the homeless out this winter, it’s a simple means of doing so. Plus, volunteering has been shown to be good for your health!
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Volunteering in Baltimore
To learn more about our youth programs, Attendance Affirmation Project, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.