Donate your time for those less fortunate
Millions of American's experience homelessness each year. Volunteer to collect essentials for shelters, provide hotline resources, or serve at a soup kitchen. Join millions of young people that care by signing up for a campaign below to give back.
DoSomething.org run dozens of campaigns each year so you can give back to those experiencing homelessness. Donate your time by serving at a soup kitchen with Soup Something. Have extra toiletries and supplies around your house? Start a collection with your friends and send Blessing Bags to local shelters. Provide homeless youth with a helpful hotline number through Flyer Away.
Whatever you can donate, whether it’s your time, resources, or supplies, we have you covered.
Sign up now. Join millions of young people volunteering to make a difference.
Facts About Homelessness
- In the US, about 300,000 to 400,000 young people are homeless on any given day. 1
- Almost 90% of soup kitchens rely on volunteers. 2
- In 2013, over 70,000 families were homeless. Most families experiencing homelessness stay in shelters. 3
- In 2012, 49 million people lived in households without enough food to eat. 4
- On any given night, tens of thousands of veterans are homeless. Some are “chronically homelessness,” meaning they’ve been without a home for over a year or multiple times over the past few years. 5
Burt, Marhta. "Understanding Homeless Youth: Numbers, Characteristics, Multisystem Involvement, and Intervention Options." 2007.
Mathematica Policy Research. "Hunger in America." 2010.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “The 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress.” 2013.
USDA. “Household Food Security in the United States in 2012.” 2012.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "The 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress." 2013.
What You Get
Psh, what DON’T you get? Each campaign offers the key facts, pro tips, and four easy action steps you need to rock the campaign and make an impact.
- Step 1, Know It: You get stats on the problem and how you’re going to solve it.
- Step 2, Plan It: You’ll learn the stuff you need, how to recruit others to take action with you, and how to prep to take action.
- Step 3, Do It: You’ll learn how to actually do the darn thing and make the biggest impact possible.
- Step 4, Prove It: Snap a pic of you in action and upload it! Each campaign counts as volunteer experience for your resume. And you can enter to win scholarships! Speaking of…
Scholarships and Contests
You make the world suck less for others. Great! So what’s in it for you? Money. Lots and lots of money. (For school.) Lots of campaigns offer scholarship opps. Check out our scholarships page, complete a campaign listed, send a pic in the Prove It section, and you’ll enter to win! Mad chances to win mad money.
DoSomething.org is the largest tech company exclusively for young people and social change. We’re activating 5.5 million young people (and counting!) to make positive change, online and off, in every US area code and in over 131 countries. Our members have clothed half of America’s youth in homeless shelters. And cleaned up 3.7 million cigarette butts from the streets. And run the largest youth-led sports equipment drive in the world. And more! Welcome to DoSomething. Let’s Do This.