Campaign: #ComcastCaresDay: Volunteering to Make Change

How This Organization Is Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness


Homelessness is a tough nut to crack. Like poverty, it’s cyclical and unless you can solve all the problems contributing to it — economic instability, mental health issues, emotional trauma — it’s unlikely to be solved.

So when children 18 and under become homeless, it is usually by no fault of their own. And with two in five homeless people being minors, it’s likely these smart, motivated children will have an even harder time becoming successful adults.

Covenant House, a national charitable organization, is on the front lines of helping these kids in 21 different cities across the country. The help Covenant House provides homeless youth goes beyond simply a bed and a meal for the night. They help homeless teens stay in school and find meaningful work after they graduate.

The organization puts together “Sleep Out” rallies in the United States and Canada, in which young professionals sleep on the streets in solidarity with homeless youth. It also gathers statistics on the phenomenon of teen homelessness, in an effort to educate the wider public on this problem hidden in plain sight. Red Nose Day, one of Comcast Cares Day’s key partners, knows firsthand the impact Covenant House makes to children and young people in need, supporting all of the organization’s locations nationally.

A steady source of income can be the key to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Global Citizen has seen this happen on an international scale — and has advocated in support of women-owned businesses to lift marginalized women out of poverty, to name one example.

Through Comcast Cares Day, volunteers will play an invaluable role in helping get kids off the streets and into steady jobs. The Covenant House’s Job Readiness Program prepares kids for every step of the process — from the interview to conflict management and job responsibility. By sharing their own experiences and learnings from years in the professional workforce, these employees are able to serve as mentors to homeless children looking to get and stay on their feet.

If you’re inspired to help, you can learn more about Covenant House here. And click the "Join Us" button to tell other Global Citizens how you give back to your community.

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