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Homeless Awareness Day is November 8, 2018

Homeless Awareness Day is Florida's premiere homeless event created to unify multiple communities under a theme of ending homelessness. Schools, churches, synagogues, government entities and non-profits come together to communicate that ending homelessness is solvable problem.

The event takes place in November each year and consists of nearly 75 different events and awareness programs. From a community-wide business breakfast, to school "Cardboard Brigades" to educational high school rallies, the community steps up to participate and/or create their own events that help raise awareness of solutions and raise the voices of the needy.

There are many ways to participate:

  • Join more than 5,000 volunteers in Miami-Dade and launch your own event to remind the community about options to panhandling. This Tool Kit (.docx) gives you everything you need to know to get started. And look at how exciting these events can be! 
  • Host a school or community discussion on homelessness. The Trust has a curriculum we are happy to share. 
  • Offer your business or community organization access to Homeless Helpline cards. We can get a cardholder to you, along with cards that provide easy reference to our Helpline number.
  • Call our organizing team and brainstorm programs that are tailor-made for your organization or school. 
  • Project Homeless Awareness

Join the Homeless Trust team in activating your school or community group on the issue of solving homelessness! We are grateful for the time you are taking to make a difference.

For more information, email


How to Volunteer

Here's a list of providers who appreciate the help of volunteers:

Camillus House
Volunteer Contact: Alessandra Laricchia
Phone: 305-374-1065 ext. 438.

Catholic Charities
Contact: Patrice Schwermer
E-mail: /
Phone: 305-807-4503

Chapman Partnership (North)
Contact: Heather Wilson
Phone: (305) 329-3050

Chapman Partnership (South)
Contact: Sharon Haxton
Phone: (305) 416-7107

Lotus House
Contact: Mimi Pink
Phone: 305-576-4112

Miami Rescue Mission
Phone: 305-571-2273

New Hope CORPS
Phone: 786-243-1003

Salvation Army
Phone: (305) 637-6700

Volunteers of America
Phone: (786) 369-1867

In addition, the he Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is partners with Neighbors 4 Neighbors volunteer matching website Helping Feels Good to connect volunteers with homeless needs. Want to mentor a student? Read to a toddler in a shelter? Paint a building? Rent an apartment unit to someone looking to make a fresh start? Donate items? We will get you started. Take just five minutes to fill out a form stating that your interest is in helping the homeless. Then we will connect you immediately to homeless-related needs and projects.

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