Warmest Winter is a seasonal initiative inspiring others through service.
SocialWorks’ Warmest Winter aims to raise awareness and provide relief for the homeless and transient community through forward-thinking service, experiences, and donations.
In recent years the City of Chicago has taken a proactive stance towards the homeless – forcibly removing individuals and cracking down on citizens that try to help. The Warmest Winter is meant to alleviate this, providing a safe way for individuals to give and a safe way for the homeless to receive. From November – February, SocialWorks will be facilitates the Warmest Winter, providing volunteer opportunities, experiences, and contributions that benefit the homeless.
Statistics on Chicago homelessness
An analysis by Chicago Coalition for the Homeless estimates that 125,848 Chicagoans were homeless in the course of the 2014-15 school year. This is partly based on the 20,205 homeless students who were identified by Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
Another 11.3% of students (2,279) lived in shelters, and 1.7% lived in motels (136), in a park or other “public place” (55), or in a temporary foster care placement (163).
Source - Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Warming Items Collected*
*Items include Coats, Hats, Blankets, Gloves, Socks, Perishable Goods, & Hygiene Products
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