Each year the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless hosts an annual Have a Heart for the Homeless Candlelight Vigil. This year the Vigil is on happening on April 4th from 6:30-8:30pm at Farmingdale State College. The Candlelight Vigil is a two hour event with the purpose of spreading awareness about homelessness on Long Island and the solutions available. The event has a great need for volunteers leading up to the event and during.
We are asking for your help in collecting new donations for our annual Candlelight Vigil for the Homeless.
IDEAS FOR CONDUCTING DRIVES IN YOUR AREAONE-DAY DRIVES AT STORES, ETC.
+ Contact your local libraries, supermarkets, shopping centers or malls and request permission to have a drive there on a designated day. (sample letter is provided)
+ Hang fliers announcing the drive, and what you will be collecting.
+ On the day of the drive, be sure to hang fliers or other information about the drive,Long Island’s homeless, and the need for the items you are collecting. A shopping list is included in your kit. You can modify this to show only those items you would like to collect, and hand it out to shoppers before they enter the store. We can provide you with these materials upon request.
+ Have members of your group/team/club take shifts, depending on the length of the drive.
+ Make sure you have a way of collecting and transporting the items you receive (large boxes, etc.)
+ If you are going to be conducting the drive outside, dress accordingly!
+ If your team or group has uniforms or jackets, wear them during the drive. If you have a banner, bring it to the drive to represent your group!ONGOING DRIVES IN LOCAL STORES, LIBRARIES, ETC.
+ Contact your local delis, convenience stores and libraries and request permission to place a donation box at their location.
+ Decorate a large box with wrapping paper, leaving the top open to collect donations. Be sure to include information about the drive and what items you are collecting.
+ Arrange a date and time when you will be picking up the box.
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