Project Water is the "Water Line to the Homeless"
Over the past few years, I've had the opportunity to volunteer with some wonderful organizations. Volunteering has helped enrich my life in so many ways and I've met some amazing and compassionate individuals during my volunteer experiences. There's nothing like helping others to put your own challenges in perspective, and you can't help but feel good when you know you've made a difference in someone else's life.
Tomorrow I will get to see first hand how Project Water is helping to literally save peoples' lives in Toronto.
Project Water was started 14 years ago by Jody Steinhauer, the president of The Bargains Group. It is a volunteer-based organization that helps to alleviate the dehydration crisis that many homeless people face during the hot summer months. Since its inception, Project Water has collected and distributed over 1.5 million bottles of donated water to over 170 frontline agencies such as shelters, The Salvation Army, Red Cross and Street Help who then distribute the water to the homeless.
Did you know that more homeless people die from dehydration on the streets during the summer than in the winter from hypothermia?
- Project Water helps to get water to those people that need it, quite simply, to stay alive.
This year, Project Water will also be packing and distributing Project Water Summer Survival Kits containing personal care items such as sunscreen, hats, hand sanitizer, first aid kits and towels, to help the homeless survive the extreme heat.
On Tuesday, July 9th, I'll be live tweeting from the 14th annual Project Water event, and helping to load cases of water into trucks to be delivered to local relief organizations and homeless shelters. I hope you'll follow and share the #ProjectWater tweets on the Twitter stream tomorrow to help spread awareness of this important cause.
To learn more about Project Water, and how you can help get involved in saving lives this summer, please visit www.projectwater.ca .