Community West Foundation ‘SocksPlus Initiative’ Helps the Homeless

Community-West-Logo_RGBCommunity West Foundation works closely with organizations in direct contact with the homeless each day. We’ve visited the homeless camps. We’ve seen the dire need for warm, dry clothing, especially socks, shoes, and other essentials throughout the winter month.

Needs change but never go away. Spring weather brings different challenges for our homeless neighbors looking for protection from the rain as clothes, shoes, socks and meager belongings become soaking wet.

SocksPlus FlyerThat’s why we’re calling on you to help. Community West Foundation has partnered with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless to collect items for its annual Winter Blanket Drive, and we’re also collecting monetary donations to supplement their efforts.

Socks and underwear are usually tossed out once they’ve been worn, and for good reason. But new, unused socks and underwear are what many homeless need most.

Socks are not the only essentials the homeless need to protect themselves. We’re also collecting new or gently used boots, gloves, hats, coats and blankets.

SocksPlus Art_PhilanthropyWho Am I Helping?

Community West Foundation supports a number of organizations that help Cleveland’s homeless, including:

Metanoia Project serves the homeless in Cleveland who don’t use regular shelters due to mental illness, fear or other factors.

Care Alliance provides basic healthcare to people in Cleveland who are homeless or live in public housing.

Malachi Center is a community and family resource center that helps homeless men and women living on the Near West Side of Cleveland.

3-19-15 SocksPLUS D4DG Flyer-Rev2St. Paul’s Community Outreach workers meet the homeless where they are. They provide information and supplies, and connect them with safe housing, drug treatment centers and counseling.

As these outreach workers walk the streets of Cleveland, they’ll need a constant supply of socks, shoes and warm clothing to provide to those they meet.

Donate today at You can also collect socks, shoes, warm clothing, blankets and more at your workplace, church or school. Blankets and other supplies can be dropped off at NEOCH, 3631 Perkins Ave., Third Floor, Cleveland. Groups with more than 35 items can contact NEOCH at 216-432-0540 to arrange for pickup.

If you’ve resolved to do more for others, this is a great way to start. We thank you in advance for your support.