Today kicks off Homelessness Action Week in Vancouver!
As many of you know, Homelessness Action Week is where community organizers and volunteers hold special events for people who are homeless throughout Metro Vancouver municipalities throughout the week. Please come out and show your support during this amazing event that helps out the less fortunate.
I will be volunteering in North Vancouver this week, and will announce more details as soon as they are available. Also, I invite you to come and join me this Wednesday evening on the Eastside Stride, a guided tour though some of the areas downtown that have been affected by homelessness throughout the city’s history. To sign up, or for more information, please visit the site at http://www.ugm.ca/haw/.
The biggest action we are taking this year is to announce the development of our game, iBeg. It is our honest hope that when finished, this game will be used as a tool to allow people to donate to Vancouver charities on an ongoing basis. Most people donate a few times a year, around Easter and the holidays, but this application would hopefully keep the donations rolling in every month. The game takes a third-person view of a homeless character and as they purchase in-game items to help themselves out, a portion of that money is donated directly to charities that provide real help for people affected by homelessness. We strongly believe that this can become a legitimate way of fund-raising in the near future.
We are building a game that will bring awareness to the issue of homelessness in our city and provide people with a new means to donate funds to an issue we are committed to helping. What are you going to do?
May I suggest:
- volunteering your time at a local charity
- making a monetary donation to an organization like United Way or Covenant House
- donating food to a local food bank
- preparing a meal and delivering it to someone in need