The A.R.T. invites audience members as well as other local individuals to celebrate the spirit of the holidays by participating in donation drives benefiting Rise Up For Homes and Border Angels.
Rise Up For Homes is a New Bedford non-profit that builds community awareness as well as raises funds to meet the complex needs of homeless individuals and families. It is most in need of:
- Canned food with pop tops
- White socks
- Hand and foot warmers
- Hygiene products
- Feminine hygiene products
- Monetary donations*
Border Angels is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice, with a special focus on issues related to the US–Mexican border. It is most in need of:
- Walmart gift cards*
- Visa prepaid gift cards*
All donations can be dropped off at the Loeb Drama Center through January 12 at the following times: Tuesday – Sunday, 9AM – 7:30PM; Monday, 9AM – 5PM.
*Gift cards and monetary donations should be left with the receptionist at the Information Desk, and other items can be placed at the designated drop site in the lobby.
For questions regarding the donation drives, please contact Julia Schachnik at Julia_Schachnik@harvard.edu or 617-496-2000 x 8819.
About Rise Up for Homes
Rise Up for Homes is a collaborative campaign established by the members of the City of New Bedford’s Homeless Service Providers Network (HSPN), designed to build community awareness as well as raise funds to meet the complex needs of homeless individuals and families in the community. They are working to change the narrative about homelessness, to present facts and conversation to create innovative solutions to the problem, and to ensure everyone has a voice in this process.
The Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford, a non-profit 501(c)3, serves as the fiscal conduit for of all money raised by the campaign. The HSPN’s Executive Committee governs all distributions and provides careful oversight of the funds.
Rise Up for Homes helps to keep the Emergency Overflow Shelter at Sister Rose open during cold winter nights and inclement weather conditions. The Emergency Overflow Shelter opens each night when temperatures drop to a frigid 28 degrees or less. Last winter the shelter was open for 73 nights. The cost to keep the overflow shelter open during one of these nights is $475. Rise Up for Homes raises money to cover these costs. The money is used for supplies, food, and security staffing to keep the shelter safe.
About Border Angels
Border Angels is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice, with a special focus on issues related to the US–Mexican border. Border Angels engages in community education and awareness programs that include guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes and to the border to learn about the history of US–Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand.
Border Angels also works to serve San Diego County’s immigrant population through various migrant outreach programs such as Day Laborer outreach and their free legal assistance program held in their office every Tuesday. Border Angels works to dispel the various myths surrounding immigration in the United States and to bring back truth and justice.