Athens Area Stand Down Event for Homeless/at Risk Veterans and Community Members
Sep 14, 2017 by Jonathan Renard
Would you like to help your American Veterans? Would you like to be a part of something to help those less fortunate? If yes, We are looking for Ohio University student organizations who are interested in giving back to our Veterans, especially those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless during our 2nd Annual Athens Area Stand Down event on October 6, 2017 at the Athens County Fairgrounds (West Union). A Stand Down event in the civilian world refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help our nation’s homeless “combat” life on the streets. Homeless individuals are brought together in a single location and are provided access to the community resources needed to begin addressing their individual problems and rebuilding their lives. When community Stand Down events first started, they were exclusive to veterans and many still are. However, with the realization that homelessness is a community issue, many Stand Down events are open to anyone experiencing homelessness or is at risk for homelessness.
There are several ways to help. We need volunteers to help with set up, during the event, tear down. We need several items for those that are homeless heading into the winter months (jackets, boots, etc). To find something that your organization can do please visit our website: www.athensareastanddown.org
On this site you will be able to open the “What do we need?” page to see items we are still in need of. Once you determine what you would like to collect or if you want to volunteer – then click the Donate Now button and fill out. If you don’t find an item that you think would be great to have – place the idea in the donate form for addition to the list
Thank you to all that are willing to lend a hand
Terry St. Peter, Coordinator of Veteran Services, Ohio University Veterans Service Center, Baker 350