Archive for November 16th, 2009
Happy Monday, everyone!
Here at the Alliance, a bunch of us are coming down from our big push of the new Data Update to the veterans report (see Sarah’s post). We had terrific time working with local leaders and direct service providers, hosting our very own press call about the release of the report, and – over the course of the last week – seeing the fruits of our labor. There’s nothing that can take away the fact that there are 131,000 homeless veterans in the United States on any given night – but thanks to the hard work of our partners, community members, and some very dedicated reporters, hopefully you have a better idea of what the problem is and what you can do about it (again, see Sarah’s post).
It’s one of the perks of working in the research department of the Alliance – we get to put out data and watch as people consume that information. Occasionally, we’re privileged to see how our work inspires action – action that can make a tangible difference in the lives of people across the country: an improved rapid re-housing program, federal legislation expanding homeless services, a well written, thoughtful perspective on solutions to homelessness in your local paper.
In that spirit, the Alliance has engaged in two new partnerships this year that I hope you notice:
This awesome new site follows in the footsteps of standard-bearers like Guide Star and Charity Navigator. CEO Perla Ni, the founder of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, offers an engaging and user-friendly approach to searching for nonprofits by location, topic, even needs.
The Alliance is proud and delighted to join with Great Non Profits to host a week on Food & Shelter organizations. As Thanksgiving brings the holiday season ever nearer, we’re reminded – especially in this economic climate – that not everyone is blessed with the hearth that some enjoy.
Share your review of programs and places that you’ve encountered. Your review will direct traffic – and ultimately, funding – to the different organizations featured on the website.
Through its RE*Generation program, Virgin Mobile USA has introduced several marketing initiatives to raise awareness, increase volunteerism, and provide critical resources and funding to local homeless agencies.
For its leadership and innovation in motivating the public to play a more active role in confronting the issue of homelessness, Virgin Mobile USA and Virgin Unite will receive the 2010 Private Sector Achievement Award.
This Wednesday (yep, WEDNESDAY), Virgin Mobile will host Public Enemy in a reception at the Sasha Bruce House in Washington, DC to bring awareness to the existing and persisting problem of youth homelessness. A concert featuring the rap band will follow at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University.
For more information about the Public Enemy concert on Wednesday, please visit An Evening With Public Enemy.
Check out the RE*Generation website to find out more about the campaign to end youth homelessness.
In honor of Veterans Day, the Alliance rallied our troops to engage in a national media campaign! We encouraged all our partners to reach out to local press to share their community efforts towards ending homelessness for veterans, as well as to announce the Alliance’s release of a data update to the veterans homelessness report.
Sarah Kahn, Director of Field Mobilization, lead the charge on this campaign. She writes about it below.
Great work everyone! Last week’s media campaign was a great success!
Thirty-two Alliance partners from across the country participated in the media release of the 2008 Data and Policy Update to Vital Mission: Ending Homelessness Among Veteran. So far, our collective media outreach efforts have achieved around 100 national and local press hits, including published articles, editorials, and TV and radio news segments. What’s more is that many of these articles went beyond the regular data post – several articles made references to policy solutions, explored the causes and effects of veterans homelessness, and called on elected officials to take action to attack this problem.
So, what’s next?
We now have an opportunity to leverage our accomplishments as Congress considers key policy issues in the coming weeks.
How do we do that?
Show them that homelessness is an issue that’s important to your community; show and send them the articles about veterans homelessness in your state. Email the Senate offices pointing them to the veterans media coverage, and urge them so co-sponsor the Zero Tolerance for Veterans Homelessness Act, S. 1547, which is currently being considered in the Senate.
Veterans homelessness is something that we can end together – encourage your elected members to be a part of the solution to this national tragedy.
Send letters to Senate offices and attach veterans articles from your state.
Call and follow up with staff to ask your Senators to co-sponsor S. 1547.
Contact Sarah (firstname.lastname@example.org / 202-942-8259) to report on any follow up you’ve done.