Charlotte’S Homeless Children


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Charlotte’S Homeless Children

  1. 1. Of the estimated 5,000 homeless people in Charlotte, 1,500 are children. Even more “hidden homeless” children are not being counted or reached. Charlotte’s Homeless Children Need Your Help A Child’s Place has sites in five schools which are located in areas with low income levels and high transience – two symptoms of homelessness. Volunteer information and application A Child’s Place of Charlotte Mailing address: Street address: P.O. Box 33302 601 East Fifth Street, Suite 130 Charlotte, NC 28233 Charlotte, NC 28202 Phone: 704/343-3790 Web address:
  2. 2. <ul><li>Dear Potential Volunteer: </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for your interest in the children served by A Child’s Place. Your time and talent will greatly impact the lives of homeless children and families in our community. </li></ul><ul><li>Please take a moment to complete the enclosed volunteer application and mail to: </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Application </li></ul><ul><li>A Child’s Place </li></ul><ul><li>P.O. Box 33302 </li></ul><ul><li>Charlotte, NC 28233 </li></ul><ul><li>or fax it to (704) 343-3791. A Child’s Place’s policy is to conduct a background check on all potential volunteers and register you with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Therefore, we request that you fill out the application in its entirety. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Volunteer Coordinator Aimee Brunton at (704) 343-3790 or . Again, thank you for your interest. We look forward to seeing you soon. </li></ul><ul><li>Sincerely, </li></ul><ul><li>Laurie Schwartz </li></ul><ul><li>Development Director </li></ul>
  3. 3. 2,194 homeless children are enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Mission A Child’s Place works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education. Overview For kids, homelessness isn’t just about where you lay your head at night; it’s also about where your mind is during the day at school. Homeless children are twice as likely to repeat a grade. They are more likely to miss school due to frequent moves and gaps in enrollment and have a greater tendency to become sick. Confidence diminishes and anxiety rises as an unstable home life takes its toll. School is sometimes the only normal part of a homeless child’s life. Support from ACP means homeless children wear clothing and shoes that fit, get needed medical care, receive the attention of a caring tutor, and carry the same school supplies as the other kids. These and other services provided by ACP allow homeless children to focus on their homework and learning, not on feeling alienated and left behind in their schoolwork. Background A Child’s Place services identify all the issues which impact a homeless family and develop a coordinated course of action to address them. 87% of homeless children spend their day worrying something bad will happen to their family.
  4. 4. Homelessness is a result of poverty. Poverty rates decrease dramatically as education increases. The poverty rate for adults who have not completed high school is more than 3½ times the poverty rate for adults with one or more years of college (U.S. Bureau of the Census). The cycle of poverty for homeless children ends through education. Education is the key to reducing poverty. ACP has Social Work Teams working in eight Charlotte-Mecklenburg public elementary schools, chosen for their high enrollment of homeless children. Each team is made of a part-time ACP Student Liaison and a full-time ACP Social Worker. ACP Student Liaisons ensure client children have the tools necessary to learn while ACP Social Workers help their parents identify and address the issues behind their housing crisis. A Flex Social Work Team based in ACP’s main office provides triage and services to homeless students attending the other 158 schools in the CMS system. The goal is to minimize the effects of their homelessness on the children and their educations while helping homeless parents effectively use area housing resources to create new, stable homes. The Need The “hidden homeless” live doubled or tripled up with family and friends or in pay-by-the-week motels and do not qualify for many housing programs. Homeless children go hungry and are sick at twice the rate of other children. Students lose up to 3 months of academic achievement when they change schools.
  5. 5. How You Can Help During the 2006-07 school year, ACP helped 480 children. We received calls for help from 79 of the 161 schools in the CMS system. At the end of the 2006-07 school year 2,208 homeless students were identified by CMS, more than double the number two years ago. Volunteer Opportunities Classroom Assistant : Assist teachers in facilitating classroom activities. Responsibilities may include individual tutoring, leading small group learning activities, art projects, etc. This opportunity requires a two hour commitment once a week. Lunch Buddy: Provide a mentoring friendship for an identified ACP student. Responsibilities may include having lunch with a child, playing games, reading, talking, etc. This opportunity requires a one hour commitment once a week. Tutor : Assist student with homework or school assignments. Responsibilities may include meeting with the teacher and A Child’s Place staff on behalf of the child. This opportunity requires a one hour commitment once a week. Birthday Sponsor: Supply cupcakes, juice boxes and a small gift ($10 or less) for a child who otherwise would not get to celebrate their birthday with their class. Commit to a school for a month or a year. Pen Pal: Communicate with a student through letter writing. This opportunity requires a twice a month commitment. Pen Pals were created to enhance the student’s writing skills. Snack Providers : Group Project – Snack providers may be individuals or groups who bring hearty, healthy snacks for the students on a regular basis. This commitment could be once a week or twice a month. Interior Designers : Group Project – Responsibilities may include painting, cleaning, and decorating an apartment used for housing ACP clients. Distribution Center Coordinator: Coordinate and record in-kind goods. Facilitate distribution of in-kind donations to social workers and/or Student Liaisons. Maintain the Distribution Center. Twice a week commitment. You set your own hours. ACP Schools (2007-08 school year): Additional schools available upon request Barringer Elementary Walter G. Byers Elementary Billingsville Elementary Briarwood Elementary Hidden Valley Elementary Druid Hills Elementary Winterfield Elementary Bruns Avenue Elementary For more information contact: Aimee Brunton Phone: 704 343-3790 Email: [email_address] 36% of homeless children repeat their grade.
  6. 6. A Child’s Place clients tend to be the working poor – a paycheck or two ahead until something occurred to tilt their financial balance. Opportunity Calendar August Back To School Supplies Drive October/ School Uniform Drive September November Thanksgiving Sponsorship December Holiday Sponsorship January Toiletries Drive February Valentine’s Day Gift Bags March New Book Drive April Field Trip Sponsorship May/June My Place Summer Day Camp Sponsorship Sponsorship Information Thanksgiving – Provide a Thanksgiving meal: turkey and fixings, drink, bread, dessert, canned goods, etc. Holiday - Provide a Holiday meal: ham or turkey and fixings, drink, bread, dessert, canned goods, etc. Also, provide each family member with a minimum of one gift from their wish list and one article of clothing. ACP will provide wish lists that include age, gender, sizes and requested gifts. Please do not wrap gifts. Angel Tree - Provide an item from the student’s wish list. SUGGESTION : Setup your Angel Tree in an open area at work, church, neighborhood center, or distribute names and wish items to employees, family or friends. For more information on sponsorship contact: Aimee Brunton Phone: 704 343-3790 Email: [email_address] Federal law mandates that homeless children are allowed to enroll in school and may continue to attend their home school throughout their housing crisis. 47% of homeless children experience anxiety, withdrawal and depression. Student and Family Sponsorships
  7. 7. General Wish List Our Community Resource office at A Child’s Place collects $400,000 or more annually in in-kind donations, making it possible for our donated dollars to go further. Barriers to success in school for homeless children include family mobility; poor health; and lack of food, clothing, and school supplies. Boys and Girls Sizes: 4T - Adult Grades: Pre-K – 12 th CLOTHING – must be new pants, skirts, shorts, shirts, shoes, coats, sweaters UNIFORMS – must be new navy or khaki pants and skirts white shirts with a collar UNDERWEAR – must be new All Sizes briefs and panties bras t-shirts and socks HYGIENE ITEMS soap deodorant toothpaste and toothbrush shampoo and conditioner hair care products (including African-American) comb and brush hair accessories feminine hygiene products lotion SCHOOL SUPPLIES locks for lockers book bags protractors pencils and Pre-K pencils pencil boxes pencil sharpeners glue sticks construction paper erasers markers notebook paper folders pens hand sanitizer tissues rulers round-tipped scissors YEAR-ROUND NEEDS snack items bus passes $25 and $50 gift cards to WalMart, Target and area grocery stores
  8. 8. Today’s Date:_______________ Please return to: Volunteer Application A Child’s Place P.O. Box 33302 Charlotte, NC 28233 Volunteer Application Your Email Address:______________________________________Driver’s license number/state_______________________ First Name:__________________________________________Last Name:________________________________________ Address:____________________________________________Apt #:_____________________________________________ City:_______________________________________________State:____________________Zip Code__________________ How long have you lived at the above address?_________________ If less than 2 years, please give previous address.___________________________________________________________ SSN: ______-______-_______ Date of Birth:_____________________ Home Phone:________________________________________Work Phone:______________________ Place of Employment:__________________________________________________________________ If you are a student please list your school or university:_______________________________________________________ Name of Church or Synagogue:__________________________________________________________________________ Does the above Church or Synagogue have a Time and Talent or volunteer outreach program?________ Name of person to contact in case of an emergency or illness: Name:__________________________________Address:_____________________________________________________ Phone:__________________________________Relationship:__________________________________ Would you prefer to work directly with children? Yes___________ No____________ Check the position you are applying for: Snack Provider___________________Tutor (during school hours) _____________ Tutor (after school) ____________Lunch Buddy__________Classroom Assistant_____________ My Place Summer Day Camp __________________Other_______________________________ A Child’s Place works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education.
  9. 9. ACP Volunteer Application, Page 2 Availability For Volunteer Work: Please Indicate Day and Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday A.M. ______to _______ A.M. ______to______ A.M. ______to______ A.M. ______to_____ A.M. _____to____  P.M. ______to _______ P.M. ______ to______ P.M. ______to ______ P.M. ______to_____ P.M. _____to ____ Please indicate the location(s) where you wish to work: _________________________________________ Personal References: No family members, please First Name_____________________________Last Name_______________________________ Address____________________________________APT# _________e-mail address ________________________________ City_____________________________________State______________Zip_________________ Phone#_____________________________________Years Known________________________ First Name____________________________Last Name________________________________ Address____________________________________APT# _________e-mail address ________________________________ City_____________________________________State________________Zip_______________ Phone#_____________________________________Years Known________________________ First Name____________________________Last Name________________________________ Address____________________________________APT# _________e-mail address ________________________________ City_____________________________________State_________________Zip______________ Phone#_____________________________________Years Known________________________ I confirm that all of the above information is correct to the best of my knowledge. I give permission for ACP to review my Police Report, perform a background check, and register me as a volunteer with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. I understand that my volunteer position may be terminated without my permission. Signature_____________________________________________________________Date__________________________ Community Resource Department Use Only Date received _______________________ Date Processed ______________________ Date for training _____________________ Start Date _________________________