Houses for Change
Kids With Homes Helping Kids Without
An Arts and Crafts Project to Help Homeless Families
Houses for Change is an award winning educational crafts project for kids to raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds to help homeless families. It is a national campaign that answers the question, "What can I do to help?"
Using magic markers, crayons, collage material, stickers and your imagination, decorate a plain box to look like a house. Take the box home and in the following weeks or months fill the box with loose change. At a selected date, for example Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter or the end of the school year, vacation bible school or summer camp, families bring their filled boxes back to Family Promise of Baldwin County.
Houses for Change has universal appeal. It has been adopted by schools, congregations, homeless organizations, the United Way, and the YMCA to engage their youth in a meaningful service project. The decorated boxes can be used at community service days and birthday parties as piggy banks; at churches as Advent Lenten and collection boxes; and at synagogues as tzedakah boxes.