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Thursday, August 29, 2013

It's Not Thanksgiving but the Homeless of Central Ohio Need You NOW



Volunteer here for the Good Neighbors Picnic 2013.  

William "Bill" McCulley, founder and organizer of the Good Neighbors Picnic, was interviewed on Senior Agenda on September 19th to discuss this year's picnic.  Listen here.  Did you know that 1/3 of all the homeless people in our country are children?  Did you know that somewhere between 10% - 15% of the homeless in our country are seniors. To add insult to injury, many of those seniors served our country through military service.  The homeless people that you see on the streets account for less than 10% of the homeless population.  

There are multiple reasons for homelessness but the primary reason continues to be lack of employment, resources and opportunity.  We call that poverty.  It's not as complicated as some folks seem to want us to believe.  The solutions are multifaceted but the primary reason for homelessness is simply that people cannot afford housing.  

William and his team of volunteers have worked tirelessly to organize this event. They are working to set up right now as you read this.  Tomorrow they will offer services that would have cost upwards of a quarter of million dollars on a budget that comes in much closer to the $10,000 mark.  They make this happens by soliciting and securing donations from a multitude of restaurants, bookstores, local merchants and individuals.  The picnic presents a special opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the homeless by sharing a meal and helping them to prepare for the ensuing winter months.  

The forecast is calling for clear skies and moderate temperatures.  It is going to be a beautiful day and the picnic will come off without your participation.  But the truth is help is still needed.  Follow the link above to volunteer today to make a difference tomorrow -September 28th, 2013 in Columbus Ohio.  Senior Agenda has organized a group of volunteers and we are looking forward to seeing you there. Call me at 614-800-5550 with questions.