The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments estimates the number of homeless adults in D.C. at more than 12,000, half of which are part of families. Every weekend, volunteers gather in Allan Millington’s apartment and take to the streets to make a difference.
“Wealth disparity is spreading in the nation,” says Allan. “It’s especially [visible] in the nation’s capital.”
Allan, an army veteran himself, says many of the homeless and hungry are veterans. He and his friends began Universal Kitchen to provide dinner to veterans, the homeless, and low-income people in the Washington, D.C. area. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, volunteers assemble sack dinners at Allan’s apartment and then go out into the community to hand out food and hygiene items.
(Photos from Universal Kitchen’s Instagram.)
Volunteers and supporters of Universal Kitchen sport army-green #ProjectHunger #UniversalKitchen wristbands to increase awareness and support in the fight against homelessness and hunger.
For more info visit @universalkitchen on Instagram or see their WalMart wishlist. If you’d like to share how you use Reminderbands, let us know about your cause here.
Here’s a roundup of some cool news stories and creative uses involving wristbands:
- Birchbank Public Elementary School rewarded its students’ good deeds with wristbands in its “Make a Difference” Campaign. 100 students received blue rubber bracelets for acts of kindness observed by staff and fellow students. “If you tell some people about being good… they tell other people to be good too.”
- The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office introduced a free wristband program to help seniors. Seniors receive a black and gold wristband with the sheriff office phone number and registration number. “Should the senior become incapacitated or unable to communicate emergency personnel can contact the Sheriff to get the relevant information.”
- Did you notice World Cup-winning Germany’s coach? Joachim Low was wearing wristbands throughout the Brazil matches. They weren’t for awareness or to make a statement, however… they were to protect him from mosquito bites.
- University of Washington students have designed a wristband called Vive that would make it easier to connect and may also help with safety from sexual assault. They presented the design at Microsoft Research’s Design Expo.
- Mike Porath wrote a beautiful blog post on being a father to a girl with a rare chromosomal disorder and what the wristband he wears means to him. “I have a sweet little 7-year-old girl with a rare chromosome disorder called Dup15q Syndrome, and it has really challenged me as a dad. When I look at this little blue bracelet, it reminds me to BELIEVE.”
Once a year, Bob Rettger rides 220 miles over the course of three days in memory of his best friend, Rob.
“He volunteered two days a week at the food bank, and so I do this ride to keep his efforts and his memory alive at the food bank where he did so much for so many people,” says Rettger.
After Rob died of a rare form of cancer three years ago, Rettger began asking for donations before riding his bike from the Chicago area to Central Wisconsin. The donations go to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, where Rob volunteered.
In two years of riding, Rettger says he’s raised enough for 40,000 community meals.
He also has Reminderband wristbands made that say “The Rob Ride NFIB” and “Cool Change,” the motto of the ride. He doesn’t sell the bands, however. Instead he gives them out to people he meets along his ride.
“It’s three days of serenity that I get to spend with my friend,” says Rettger. “I’ve always met amazing people along the way who want to hear the story. Everybody I encounter I give them a wristband.”
Rettger says he sees the purpose of the wristbands as to share his friend’s legacy.
“They are small tokens that keep spreading Rob’s memory.”
For information on how to volunteer or donate to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, visit solvehungertoday.org. If you’d like to share how you use Reminderbands, let us know about your cause here.
Since we started asking for Reminderband Causes, we’ve received some great stories and inspiring causes from Reminderband users! In case you missed it, here are the causes we’ve shared on social thus far:
Open Your Eyes Foundation
In memory of David Bingenheimer (10/13/2013 – 5/29/2014), parents Chelsea and Daniel Bingenheimer established this organization to help bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, as well as to help other families that have been devastated by the loss of a loved one due to distracted driving.They use bands to fundraise and remind drivers to stay focused. Check them out on Facebook or on their web site.
Friends of the Peabody Dog Park
The Friends of the Peabody Dog Park are using Reminderbands to raise funds and support for an off-leash dog park in their city. They hosted an event June 28 with live local music, agility and obedience demonstrations, contests, prizes, and a variety of vendors selling doggie treats and services.
Miss Utah & Children’s Miracle Network
Cache Valley’s Karlie Major, recently crowned Miss Utah 2014, is using our bands to fundraise for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The bands say “Miss Utah 2014” and “Team Karlie.” All proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network, which in Utah will benefit Primary Children’s Hospital. She will be selling them again in Logan on July 12.
If you’d like to share how you use Reminderband for your cause, share your story with us here.