Established in 1999, The Giving Spirit has provided over 75,000 survival kits that have been distributed by thousands of Giving Spirit volunteers. These survival duffel bags, companion animal kits, and student backpacks address the immediate basic needs of individuals who are experiencing various stages of homelessness. The Los Angeles-based organization also strives to connect individuals to short and long-term supportive services.
During volunteer events, The Giving Spirit offers learning experiences designed to promote community-wide education and advocacy regarding the growing homeless crisis, and to develop open and empathetic dialogues between concerned citizens and community members who are currently experiencing homelessness and those who have successfully transitioned into housing and financial stability. The organization's outreach and programming partnerships ensure streamlined coordination, not duplication, of their programs and services.
Meet some of their dedicated staff and learn how to create similar kit-building and educational events in your communities. Included is a look at their recent Companion Animal events as examples of bridging community awareness and action in support of unhoused people and their pets.
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Participants will learn:
- Logistical details for organizing a kit building event
- Strategic and practical details for offering Learning Experiences
- Information about marketing ideas
- Different pathways for kit distribution at the end of the event
This webinar will be recorded and has been pre-approved for 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and by the National Animal Care & Control Association.
Rebecca Cannara, Senior Manager for Educational Programming, The Giving Spirit