(I say “over the age of 25″ to cancel out the teenagers working at McDonald’s and living at home.)
A $21,666 annual income is $10.40 per hour, by the way.
I want to bring up this fact because there is a program I hold dear to my heart.
They help out people who are at this level of poverty… they are working to get back on their feet, they have a home, they have kids… they are not far of from us.
I’m not talking about the Downtown Eastside here… and I’m not saying that situation isn’t dire. It is. In fact, street homelessness has increased 373% between 2002 and 2008 in BC. The HIV rate on Hastings and Main is HIGHER than Botswana…
But I feel stronger about this cause, because a family is involved… and they are facing potential homelessness almost everyday. At $10.40 per hour, you simply cannot miss a workday for any reason whatsoever. Not for sickness, not for taking care of your kids, not to take a day off to recuperate.
If you haven’t heard about them, they are called…
SHARE Family & Community services
Every year, they ask people to “sponsor a family” and deliver a food hamper to them. I’ve been doing this since 1995… and this year, I want to do something a little different.
Here’s what I’m going to do: For every single family you sponsor, I will match that. For every dollar you donate, I will match that. I don’t have some fancy system for doing this… so we’re just going to use the honor system. If you’ll e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell me how many families you’ve sponsored, how many baskets you’re putting together, or just how much money you’ve donated… I’ll match that. Now… this might get a little out of hand (which is a good thing)… so if I have a lot of matching to do… I would like to ask you to help out with buying the groceries, putting the hampers together, and even delivering them. If you’re interested in helping me out with this, e-mail me at email@example.com This program is taking registrations until December 4th. For all the details, I’ve attached the two application forms here:
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