Commissioners and representatives from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are asking residents interested in helping the homeless to donate responsibly this holiday season, and use www.MeaningfulChangeLV.com to find information about local organizations that help the needy.
"While it might seem like a good idea to give money, food or clothes directly to a homeless person on the street, that generosity can unintentionally hurt the homeless and our neighborhoods," Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. "If you are considering a donation to help the homeless, please visit www.MeaningfulChangeLV.com to find information about organizations that need your help to provide long-term solutions to homelessness."
"This time of year we normally see an increase in community members wanting to help the homeless and it's understandable" Metro Police Deputy Chief Andy Walsh said. "But the surest, safest way to do something good for someone who is unhoused, is to donate to a charity or service set up to handle money or donated goods. When we work together through organized agencies we can have a greater impact on the lives of those we are trying to help."
Information about donating to local organizations that work with the homeless is available at www.MeaningfulChangeLV.com. Some of the organizations provide meals, clothes and other items to the homeless, in addition to providing services such as case management, job training, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. The website also has information about volunteer opportunities with various organizations.
Whether you are planning to donate money, food, clothes or other items, or looking to volunteer to help the homeless, make your donation lead to meaningful change in someone's life. Help our homeless get the most from your generous donation by donating directly to a cause or organization that works with the homeless. Help Change Lives. Donate Responsibly.