The Backpack Project is proud to share that Homeless Heroes Day 2019 achieved our ambitious goal of packing 1,250 backpacks with our incredible sponsors and employees. While exciting & fast-paced, Homeless Heroes Day was also a service-learning experience that facilitated education about homelessness as a social issue and empowered teams from participating companies to experience what it’s like to create the impact, not just fund it. Through the support of this year's participating companies - U.S. Health Advisors, Quality Technology Services (QTS), State Farm, Mercedes-Benz, and LexisNexis Risk Solutions - we were able to pack 1,250 backpacks for those experiencing homelessness in Georgia.
Thank you to our distribution partners - The Salvation Army of Atlanta, Nicholas House, Covenant House, and the Veterans Empowerment Organization - for hosting us. A group of our volunteers had the unique experience of working with The Salvation Army's Veterans on the Move program to assemble 200+ care packages that will be sent to active duty soldiers, and we couldn't be happier to honor Veterans Day in such an exciting way.
We would like to give a special thanks to our in-kind donors who allow us to produce our backpacks at such a low cost, yet still maintain premium items: Bombas, KIND, Gordini, Refrigiwear, and Cheeky Maiden Soap Co.
Homeless Heroes Day wouldn’t have been nearly as educational without our wonderful speaker from the United Way. Julia Kelly delivered her own inspirational & informative story about her experience in homelessness and building herself out of it as well as addressing the work United Way is currently conducting and her work there.
Every event needs a cohesive bond, and we were lucky enough to have Gil Eplan-Frankel and John Henry Ward as ours. Thank you Gil & John Henryfor hosting Homeless Heroes Day and incorporating your experience, proactive thinking, and dedicated planning to ensure that the event ran smoothly and lived up to its potential.
Thank you to our incredible photographer, videographer, and our PR Team from Talking Dog. Your efforts in documenting the spirit, energy, and impact of Homeless Heroes Day 2019 will empower us to continue to grow both this event and The Backpack Project in the years to come.
Finally, this event could not have happened without the support of Butch Goldi (QTS), Kate Tioaquen (QTS),Darrell Giannotti (USHA), Hope Hefner(State Farm), Quateese Knox-Gunthrop (State Farm) Kat Reynolds (Mercedes-Benz), Monica Garrett (LexisNexis Risk Solutions), and the entirety of TBP’s staff. We extend a wholehearted thanks to each of you for the integral role you played in serving 1,250 people experiencing homelessness in Georgia and serving our nation’s heroes on Veterans Day.
Hosted by our Signature Sponsor, Quality Technology Services (QTS)
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