Unilever launches Right to Dignity on Public Good

We’re proud partners of Unilever in their effort to bring dignity and hope to our homeless neighbors by raising awareness around the important role hygiene plays in the opportunities afforded them.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, homelessness is on the rise for the first time since 2010 with more than 554,000 people experiencing homelessness in the United States each day. Oftentimes, when we think of the homeless population, shelter and food are the most urgent needs to come to mind, but we know that a lack of access to basic hygiene practices – like the ability to take a shower – can have an immense impact on a person.

Today Unilever is launching a Public Good campaign to both raise awareness about how many Americans experience homelessness and help raise money and locate volunteers for Lava Mae, Streetside Showers, Project Outpoor, Brooklyn Community Services, and Hope on Wheels; all nonprofits working to make a difference in this area.

Examples

What story would Charles Dickens tell this Christmas if he visited New York City in Trump’s America?

It is 176 years since Charles Dickens, the journalist, social reformer and novelist, was horrified by the depth of poverty when he came to visit the Five Points Section, of “Gangs of New York” fame, in lower Manhattan.

‘Sesame Street’ introduces homeless muppet

For the first time, a resident of “Sesame Street” is experiencing homelessness — and the hope is that her story can help sweep the clouds away for the growing number of young children in the United States without homes to call their own. Lily, a 7-year-old bright pink Muppet, was introduced to the world in 2011.

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