Calling all community members! DCS is excited to announce our 2019 Block Party! This will be a unique opportunity for those community members experiencing homelessness to have winter gear stored and traded for spring items!
In 2018, Dirt City Sanctuary was able to pass out over $45,000 in winter gear through our Purple Backpack Project! We want to do more and give the gift of storage, allowing those without access to storage, to come to our block party, pack up a labeled box with any winter gear they’d like and we will store those boxes until early fall! There will be two date options in early fall to collect your winter items.
When: Sunday, April 28, 2019 1:00 pm-3:30 pm.
Where: Calder Plaza 300 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49506
What to expect: An afternoon filled with community, conversation, a variety of delicious food, and music! For those experiencing homelessness, you can also receive complimentary haircuts and spring gear!
We like to under-promise and over deliver! It is our ultimate goal to be able to provide a new pair of shoes for each individual who needs them. If you have winter boots, please allow us to store them for you and walk away in new lightweight socks and shoes appropriate for spring.
Our plan: Teams will be working with local shelters and hitting the pavement to get individuals pre-registered for the event. An important part of this effort will be gauging interest in having items stored, surveying individuals on top spring needs, and recording shoe sizes so supplies on hand are as close to the community need as possible.
How you can help: Help us spread the word! We will be opening 150 volunteer spots for this event. With increased outreach, we are expecting between 350-500 guests.
Donations needed: You can donate new or gently used items from our spring essentials list below and drop them off at 1329 Thomas St SE Grand Rapid, MI 49506 on the front porch. You can order items from our Amazon Wish-list here or you can donate monetarily below and DCS will purchase deeply discounted items from our generous vendors.
- Tents 2-6 man capacity
- Lightweight sleeping bags
- Men’s and Women’s Socks, Underwear and Under Garments
- Gently Used Men & Women’s Tennis Shoes
- Hiking Backpacks
- Women’s Hygiene Products
- City of Grand Rapids Bus Passes
- Gently Used Men & Women’s Spring and Summer Clothing
- Foot Powder, Foot Spray and First Aid Kits
Hair Stylists needed: Are you a hair stylist looking to give back to the community and would like to share your talents with those facing homelessness? You can sign up to volunteer your services for free haircuts at our block party here.
Community partners: We are currently looking for community partners for this event! To get your organization on board, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: Spring weather is so variable! We will hold the event on Sunday, April 28 but get creative on actual dates of collecting winter gear if necessary due to the weather.