"You have a house, Piglet, and I have a house, and they are good houses. And Christopher Robin has a house, and Owl and Kanga and Rabbit have houses, even Rabbit's friends and relations have houses or something's, but poor Eeyore has nothing. So what I've been thinking is: Let's build him a house."
-The House at Pooh Corner
I wanted to let you know about a great opportunity! If you know of any veterans (or if you are one!) to attend OR if you want to volunteer or donate items. I have attached all three opportunities, below!
The Onslow County Job Link Veterans
Unit is hosting a Veterans Stand down in
Jacksonville NC. What is a Veterans Stand down? It is a local event held for
homeless and indigent veterans that include a variety of services such as
health screenings, legal services, shelter information, employment services, veteran services, and a host of
Our first stand down in February
2011 was a success and this is our 3rd one so lets make this event better! We hope you will be able to attend!
February 5, 2013
Legion Burton Cowell Post 265
Onslow County Job
Link Veterans Unit is in the process of contacting the Veterans Adminstration, county, state,
faith-based organizations and the private sector for assistance in providing
these veterans with services and information that they desperately need. Here
are a few of the services that will be provided:
elgibility for services
& Substance Abuse services
üAnd many more TBA
We are also asking that our community including businesses
donate items for this stand down. Please
contact me with any questions.
Thank you for your time.
Onslow County Joblink Veterans Unit is requesting the
following donations for the 2013 Veterans Homeless Stand down. Remember the
stand down is an event that relies on donations of items from the public; we do
not receive nor request any monies, only donations of the needed items.
We are still in need of:
products, men & women
items with pop tops
This is the 3rd stand down, and it is growing
each year, especially with the economy.We are less than 5 weeks out until the event so we are asking everyone
for support of our veterans. All donated items can be dropped off at the Onslow
County Joblink, 461 Western Blvd or we can pick up. Thanks for all the support
you have given the Veterans Unit of Onslow County Joblink! If you have any
questions please contact Kelley Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 910-347-2121 Com or 910-265-3506.
for homeless Veterans?
The Onslow County
Veterans Unit is sponsoring their 2nd sock drivefor the Veterans Homeless Stand Down. Most
people don't realize how important a pair of socks can be for the homeless and
less fortunate and just how much they are needed! The goal of the drive is to
provide new socks for men and women. We are asking the community to donate NEW socks to this cause. We can pick up
socks from organizations or they can be dropped off at: Jacksonville Employment Service/Onslow
County JobLink Office, 461 Western Blvd #106, Jacksonville, NC 28546. As the
sock drive grows we will have more drop off points. The sock drive last year
was a huge success so let’s make this year’s sock drive bigger and better! Make
this a agency or an individual drive! Thank you for your support! Any questions
please contact me, James Ross or any vet staff.
Well, we have entered 2013 - meaning at least one thing for
this homeless blog…that the 2012 in 2012 campaign is over and SUCCESSFUL. It is
remarkable to think that in around 14 weeks, a group of citizens in a community
was able to collect over 2000 items….2076 to be exact (over our goal!) just by
word of mouth. JanDe and I started with flyers, facebook and blog posts and
getting the word out through the local homeless community. A lot of the
donations came in through friends, friends of friends and individuals who have “liked”
our facebook page.
It is amazing to me to see such support on a simple movement
to get up and help and to hear about a need and fill it.
We need donations of canned goods, towels, clothes, baby
items, winter coats, gloves and scarves along with a ton of paper products –
all what the Onslow Community Outreach could use for their many operations.
This all started from an article JanDe and I read that
stated that federal funding was being cut for state’s food banks. That article
can be found here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/08/11/2260603/food-banks-lean-times-threaten.html.
As we read it, we did not just read it and think “that is sad….let’s just get
coffee” but we thought “what can do we to help ours!?” This simple and easy to
advertise idea came from that.
How else can we take the need in our community and spread
I was excited to be able to go to this past CAN-DO meeting, Friday December 7. I have not been able to go the past few months and I was able to pick up some good information to share along with opportunities upcoming in the community - I would NOT MISS the opportunity to be a part of and give back through.
There are currently 215 school aged children who are homeless. SCHOOL AGED - this is not counting their siblings not in school or the parents of those children. These children are homeless through eviction, foreclosure and other reasons.
When I think about that number, I think about the CHEW program with United Way - giving backpacks to families over the weekend who can not afford to feed their school aged children outside of the free school lunch program during the week. To find out how you can help this program, go here: http://www.uwonslow.org/CHEW
January 30-31 is the 24 hour Onslow County Point in Time count for Onslow County to show the state how many homeless indivduals are here. From that count, we are able to show them what funding we need to provide to the organizations assisting homelessness in the area.
Tues Feb 5 10-4 is the annual Veteran Stand Down at the American Legion. If you are a veteran organization or an organization that can provide something to veterans, get in touch with Kelley Hamilton at 910-347-2121. If you are an individual who can donate socks or other items, please do the same.
Moving into the new year, there are ways to help, places to serve and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of families and individuals.
There is PLENTY going on in our end of the woods, check it
·Cardboard Box City is Friday November 16. The
information is a new posts below BUT this is a great opportunity to raise money
for a great cause, Family Promise of Onslow County and live in a box for the
night. You should check it out and see if it is the plan for you to register.
·Fueling Good voting for Onslow Community
Outreach ends November 28 and can be done at www.fuelinggood.com. Citgo is giving away
gas cards to non-profits. It is super SIMPLE to vote. Check it out!
·2012 in 2012 campaign and collection is
happening until the end of 2012! J
Please let JanDe and I know through facebook or our email at email@example.com if you are going
to participate, if you need any assistance and when you collect so we can add
it to the tally. All items collected will go to the Onslow Community Outreach.
We are currently at 1199, less than half way to go!
·The Salvation Army is in need of bell ringers
during the holidays. If you are interested in a few hour shift, call the
Salvation Army in Jacksonville for details.
The CHEW program, through United Way, is going strong. CHEW assists children in the community with meals over the weekend. Those children that might otherwise go hungry without the resources for food when school is not in session with free or reduced lunches. Check it out here and how you can help: http://www.uwonslow.org/CHEW
Plenty of ways to get involved heading into the holiday