Homeless outreach is a difficult calling that many assume centralized organizations are taking care of efficiently, but this is simply not the case. Because of grants with strings attached, many organizations have their hands tied by the state and this limits their ability to reach as many people in need. Homelessness is a huge problem nationwide, and many people slip through the cracks of these aid organizations. By decentralizing our efforts, we can have the maximum amount of efficiency in outreach operations.
By diversifying the type of funds homeless outreaches can collect, we allow them to take advantage of new and growing markets. With access to extra funding, the goals of any homeless outreach can be expanded and a variety of creative solutions can be tested.
With the recent arrests of two Food Not Bombs volunteers for flaunting a homeless feeding ban in Fort Lauderdale, or the homeless blanket ban in Pensacola, Florida last year, decentralized homeless outreach is more important than ever. This year Bitcoin Not Bombs is working to coordinate with existing homeless outreach organizations, such as the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, Project Homeless Connect, the Bay Area Rescue Mission, and Food Not Bombs Pensacola to help them get set up to use Bitcoin as a funding tool, and further decentralize the charity options in the Bitcoin ecosystem. Cooperation between these organizations can help them reach more people, and bitcoin is no longer a fringe currency, but one accepted by major charities including the Red Cross. But that cooperation hinges upon the success of our fundraising efforts.
We also want to thank SnapCard.io for extending their offer for a free merchant processing account with zero processing fees and a free tablet to the homeless outreach centers in San Francisco, California we have reached out to. The offer from SnapCards Integrate SF project is very compelling, and for a new merchant or organization getting immediate conversion to USD to mitigate the risk of volatility is critical for turning donations into care.
Join us in reaching out to your local shelters this winter. The season is a crucial time for those without homes, and by working together we can help some of the over 610,000 individuals fighting for survival every night in the U.S. Let’s see if we can begin decentralizing all the homeless outreach.
Please help us show the world that Bitcoin is a force for good, and make Hoodie the Homeless 2014 all that it can be