Hygiene Helps

Sharing hygiene, sharing care

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www.hygienehelps.weebly.com Instagram: hygiene_helps.nonprofit

Date Started

February 19,2018

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Scaling (expanding impact to many new places or in many new ways)

1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

Wanting to change people’s lives is a wonderful thing. Maybe that’s what we were all thinking about when thinking of ideas of what our nonprofit could be. (Besides, you know, our grade.) Our journey started after we got our groups. After we got our groups, our fate was sealed. We instantly clicked. We were all on the same page about helping others, but we clashed horns when it came to deciding roles. We quickly resolved all issues, decided our roles, and began talking ideas for change. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iZcTznHuKqrI8Ws_n85lOzgIDoOwTU1J/view?usp=sharing_eil&ts=5b10d585

2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

We began to research information on the homeless community in general from San Diego county. We were able to find a statistic that showed us exactly how many homeless people were in San Diego county. While reading an article from the San Diego Union Tribune, we found a link that brought us to the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless website. We found great statistics that told us how many homeless were in each area (city) of San Diego

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We went on to put our plan into action, by collaborating with two organizations called Brother Benno's and Interfaith. We found out about Brother Benno’s by Ms. Kisha, an academic coach. Since our CEO had contacted with the organization and developed a relationship with the CEO of the organizations. We got our donations by family members, high tech high, teachers and we got most of our donations from High Tech elementary. We decided that we would rely on making our hygiene packages from donations. At first our group struggled on how we were going to get hygiene donations. We tried calling schools, and churches, but they were unable to help us at the moment. We only had a month to get donations so we were scared that we wouldn’t get any donations. We then came up with the idea of asking High Tech Elementary. We made it into a competition so we told all the elementary classes that whoever donated the most hygiene products would win and spend a day with high schoolers.

4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

When someone gets involved in our project, they will notice how the homeless are unhappy because of their physical appearances. Consequences they have is not being able to stay clean and healthy. They will then want to make a change and help the homeless people for the better.

5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

No other shelter has helped homeless like we do, we had handed out hygiene products for men and women, at the Brother Benno’s organization and a organization called Interfaith. Both of the organizations work with homeless people. You guys might be wondering what are the smile notes? Smile notes are notes the we make or that the elementary help us make too. In a smile note there is a quote a very nice quote lovely caring for them. For example on one of the notes that we had was “ You are the best i care so much about you” this card was made from a elementary kid.

6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

It truly made you feel happy seeing how excited they were to receive the hygiene packages. When we ran out of the men’s hygiene packages, the men would get the women’s hygiene package. They didn’t care whether it was for a woman or man, they were just excited to use the hygiene products. At the end of the day, we were grateful and happy that we have helped the homeless. The things they would tell us made you feel happy for what your doing. As we were passing the hygiene packages to the homeless, they would tell us words like: “Thank you.” “God bless you.”A touching moment that we remember was when an elderly man read over the “smile notes.” After thanking us for those uplifting comments, we saw him discreetly wiping away tears. We gave over 2,000 donations and those products we separated into over 200 hygiene packages, meaning we helped around 200 homeless people.

7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

The ideas that we’ve been having to take our project to the next level are to launch more events and to help a total of 1,000 homeless people. Our CEO has contacted with the Brother Benno’s organization and has set up partnerships with the CEO of that organization to develop with the donations.

8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?

The support we had was Brother Benno's, Interfaith, and also our sponsor from Thrivent Financial that we received.

9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Donations between $100-$1k

10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.

We have already held a hygiene drive at High Tech Elementary North County, and plan to further involve ourselves with the younger generations. We want to introduce them to the ideas of feeling good about giving back to their community .

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Recommended by others
  • Word of mouth


Join the conversation:

Photo of Elizabeth Santos

Great job i love how u helped women and men i love this idea and love how you guys worked all together love this so much keep up the great work��

Photo of Erika Vasquez

Thank you so much

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