Family Promise of the Santa Clarita Valley, a nonprofit organization serving local homeless families, is hosting Box City in September and seeking volunteers to help with the event.
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The Sept. 27 event raises awareness about and compassion for homelessness in the local community as participants spend one night in a cardboard box at Bridgeport Park.
“Family Promise relies on the time and talent of local residents to pull together this fun and heart-warming event,” said Laurie Ender, president of the Family Promise Board of Directors.
Box City is the Family Promise of the Santa Clarita Valley’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
The nonprofit is recruiting volunteers to work with the planning committee, distribute posters and flyers, speak to community groups, encourage involvement and set up the event.
“We are looking for volunteers of all ages and abilities,” noted Dee Dee Jacobson, volunteer coordinator for Box City. “Youth volunteers can receive service credit for their participation, and it’s a perfect event for community groups, sports teams, church groups and other organizations. We even have a dedicated coordinator specifically for teen volunteers.”
Last year, Family Promise of Santa Clarita provided 13 families, including 19 minors, with temporary housing and meals, said Carol Stevenson, a Family Promise official.
Furthermore, the average length of stay for each of these families was 93 days.
“Homelessness is a major problem in Santa Clarita even though it might not appear to be,” said Stevenson.
The nonprofit also assisted an additional 14 families, including 45 minor children, with in-kind assistance, according to their website.
Family Promise of the Santa Clarita Valley has been working with local congregations, volunteers and donors to offer shelter, meals and support services to families without homes since 2011, according to organization officials.
Those interested in becoming volunteers can contact Dee Jacobson at BoxCityVolunteers@gmail.com.
More information about Family Promise is located on their website.
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Source: Santa Clarita News