Hi, this is Lucas Gu and David Jin from HEVI.
HEVI, a.k.a the Houseless Environmental Volunteers Initiative, aims to tackle both the housing problem and biodiversity decline in the SF Bay Area. HEVI, founded by student Dawson Chen, aims to address both houselessness and environmental concerns. Recognizing the impact of pandemic-related layoffs on houselessness in California, Dawson envisioned a unique solution. HEVI offers houseless individuals the opportunity to work alongside volunteers for a stipend while contributing to urban forest improvement.
HEVI aims to offer environmental volunteering opportunities to the houseless, accompanied by a $15/hour stipend. The initiative engages these individuals in crucial activities, such as tree planting, weed pruning, and mulching. As a result, volunteers not only play a pivotal role in biodiversity restoration but also acquire invaluable work experience and skills. Such an endeavor aids their journey toward stable employment and securing basic living essentials.
In association with Our City Forest, a notable San Jose NGO, HEVI has proudly marked the planting of over 1,000 trees in San Jose, and it has facilitated over 475 hours of employment for the houseless community. Furthermore, the initiative has successfully guided over 20 houseless volunteers toward employment opportunities, channeling more than $6,000 in stipends to fortify their path to self-reliance.
Although we're currently still a very small organization, we hope to fund more houseless projects; however, we can't do it without the support of you. We're asking for a small donation to HEVI's cause -- whatever you can spare -- and help us alleviate houselessness in the Bay Area. Thank you!
By supporting this initiative, you will be both empowering unhoused individuals to regain stability and actively participating in the restoration of biodiversity.
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