There are at least 1.3 million students experiencing homelessness in the U.S. Thanks to generous support from Pearl Jam, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, and Deutsche Bank, donations to projects that provide needed resources to students experiencing homelessness are being matched while funds last. This match is a part of a collaboration with Pearl Jam’s Home Shows in Seattle this August, meant to raise awareness, money, and support for efforts to end homelessness.
Within schools, teachers are often the first point of contact. Wherever you teach, student homelessness exists. In fact, children and youth experience homelessness in the United States at the same rates in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Teachers who know they have students experiencing homelessness are especially encouraged to post projects, while teachers in any community can play a role by working with students to help children and youth experiencing homelessness in your district or community.
Here’s how to qualify:
- Make sure you’re familiar with how to identify signs of homelessness in your students. (We have some suggested resources below!)
- Enter the campaign code HOMESHOWS to get started. You'll see the steps below outlined as you move through the process of creating your project.
- If you have students experiencing homelessness, create a project requesting the food, personal hygiene products, clean clothes, or academic support they need. For guidance shopping for these resources, you may find our Warmth, Care & Hunger shopping guide helpful. Requests for professional development resources or trainings to learn more about working with students experiencing homelessness or trauma are also eligible.
- When describing your students, we recommend framing homelessness as an experience that individual people have, rather than a label. And of course, please be sure not to share any information which would identify the individual students or people your project will serve.
- When you describe the resources or experiences you're requesting, describe how they'll specifically benefit your students experiencing homelessness.
- You can also create a project that empowers your students to support your area’s homeless community.
- Keep your total project goal under $2,000, including taxes, shipping, fees, and the suggested donation to support DonorsChoose.org.