Help Homeless Children with Project 680
Local homeless children need your help! Project 680, a grassroots organization led by local residents with the mission of supporting homeless students in Rancho Cordova, is kicking off its Spring Drive on Monday, March 6th to collect clothing and other necessities.
In 2008, a group of community members joined forces to hold a sock drive for the homeless youth in our area. After learning from Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) that there were 680 homeless students in our community, Project 680 was born. Today, there are over 800 documented cases of homeless students in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, as well as their 75 infant and toddler siblings.
“Homelessness is something that can affect everyone,” said Reveca Owens, Education Services Liaison for Homeless Students at FCUSD. “These children are lacking basic needs and by providing these necessities to them, we hope to not only uplift the children and work towards ending the issue of homelessness, but also propel them towards academic success.”
The Project 680 team works with FCUSD to determine what the students need, and this year the items needed most are new socks and underwear in all sizes. Hooded sweatshirts, full size hygiene products, and gift cards to local eateries, such as Subway and McDonald’s, will also be accepted for the high school students that are living in shelters.
“These students are in desperate need of our help,” said Mayor Donald Terry. “We cannot solve this problem overnight, but supporting local organizations like Project 680 will make a huge difference in the lives of these homeless youth.”
You can drop off your donations at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, from March 6th through April 7th. Cash and check donations are also accepted. Checks can be made payable to Cordova Community Council, Project 680’s 501c3 sponsor, with “Project 680” in the memo. Visit www.fcproject680.org for more information.