Summer is still in full swing–the weather is hot, muggy, and humid. Many of us have the benefit of enjoying our air conditioned homes as an escape from the awful heat, but there’s a huge homeless community in Baltimore who don’t have this option. It’s difficult enough for the homeless to find shelter and shade, but it can be even more difficult for them to find water. Keeping the homeless community hydrated is incredibly important to us here at My Brother’s Keeper so we want to discuss how you can help.
Why is Hydration so Important?
Obviously, hydration is vital to life, but there are many people who lack access to it regardless. Baltimore is in a unique situation where heat is on the rise and many homeless face the blistering sun but aren’t able to access water easily. Untreated dehydration is a serious risk however and should be addressed. Dehydration can initially lead to thirst pains and irritability but if untreated could lead to seizures or even death. Many Americans deal with dehydration on a regular basis but the homeless population is especially susceptible to dangerous dehydration.
How Can You Help?
The first step is to take advantage of having a supply of clean water if you do. This means drinking it instead of water or soda, but also by donating it. Donating water in Baltimore could help prevent someone’s death. Thankfully, Baltimore does have some systems in place already. The “Code Red” system, used to designate days as especially hot and therefore dangerous, can help get water in the hands of homeless citizens who may be at risk of severe dehydration.
What More Can You Do?
You can personally donate bottles of water to My Brother’s Keeper or another community outreach program. You can also donate online here. It’s important to be aware of how much you’re using and wasting as well. There are people out there who need what you might take for granted, and while water may not seem like a huge deal for some of us, it’s incredibly important in keeping Baltimore a healthy and fantastic place.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping 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.