30 Day Challenge

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Dear Colleagues,

I want to add my thanks to all of you who contributed to a successful Homelessness Awareness Week and to an incredible year for RentPath Gives Back. I am incredibly moved by your passion, compassion, and enthusiasm as we pursue our mission to end homelessness in the communities where we live and work.

Last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving, taking time to reflect and give thanks for our many blessings. As we move into the season of giving, I want to encourage you to continue making a difference with this 30 Day Challenge. From now until the end of the year, I challenge you to complete as many on the list as possible. I guarantee that if you do, you’ll catch the holiday spirit and you’ll make a difference in the lives of our homeless and disadvantaged neighbors.

  1. Take a moment to share a personal story about how volunteering this year had an impact on you. Send an email to csr@rentpath.com.
  2. If you aren’t following us on Instagram, do it! Rpgivesback and use #rentpathgivesback when you post on social media after volunteering.
  3. If in Atlanta, make plans to attend "Coats and Cocktails,” an extravagant live painting, silent auction, and clothing drive event benefiting metro Atlanta homeless. The event is Dec. 8.
  4. Donate a coat or blanket to a homeless shelter or a local nonprofit in your area.
  5. Write a letter to a veteran and send to the Veteran Empowerment Organization - 373 W. Lake Avenue, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.
  6. Donate to RentPath Gives Back by December 22 to get your 2017 tax deduction and help us reach our goal.
  7. Make plans to sign up for The Atlanta Union Mission 5K on February 17. Run in the cold for those who sleep in the cold.
  8. Clean out your closet and make a donation to Reflections of Trinity.
  9. Download the app Re-Supply to find and schedule appointments with nonprofit partners who pick up donations from your home.
  10. Sign up to count the homeless during United Way’s “Street to Home” on Friday, December 8th in Atlanta. Sign up here.
  11. Have someone on your holiday gift list who already has everything? Make a donation to RPGB in their name and we’ll provide you with a certificate.
  12. Attend the Lunch & Learn on December 12 to learn more about Hope Atlanta.
  13. Donate food to a local food bank.
  14. Put money in the Salvation Army bucket the next time you see one.
  15. Use the United Way zip code finder to volunteer in your local area.
  16. Call your local elementary school and ask if you can provide a gift to a child who may not receive one this holiday.
  17. Take a tour of a local nonprofit like Nicholas House, Covenant House or Gateway Center in Atlanta to find out how you can use one of your three days to volunteer.
  18. Pack a few care packages to keep in your car. Include items like a bottle of water, power bar, toothbrush, toothpaste and hand sanitizer. Give them away to homeless people you meet as you are out and about.
  19. Commit to a recurring paycheck donation to RPGB. Just $10 a week will have an amazing impact.
  20. Donate professional clothing to Dress for Success to give someone the confidence to ace that job interview.
  21. Shop at your local Goodwill Store. Your donations and patronage puts people to work.
  22. Create blessing bags and pass them out or donate them to your local homeless shelter.
  23. Educate yourself. The reasons people experience homelessness will likely surprise you. Let’s do our part to ensure that homelessness is brief and non-recurring.
  24. When you meet someone who is homeless, say “good morning.” Have a conversation. Many people who experience homelessness say feeling invisible and loss of dignity is far worse than the loss of physical possessions.
  25. Add a volunteer project to an upcoming team meeting. Ask us how csr@rentpath.com.
  26. If you are a field employee and you haven’t volunteered this year, go online now, find a homeless shelter or food pantry in your area and find out how you can donate or volunteer.
  27. Forgo the usual breakfast or lunch routine this week and donate that money to RPGB. Challenge your colleagues to do the same.
  28. If your local grocery store offers a “round-up” option at checkout to help feed the hungry, say “Yes!”
  29. Buy a few pairs of $1 gloves from Target, Walmart or Dollar Tree and share them.
  30. As you think about your New Year’s Resolutions, mentally commit to personally taking one additional step to help end homelessness in 2018.
Let’s get started and make this the best holiday season ever.
Best regards,

Marc