As you saw in our last blog, there are several ways for absolutely anyone to be an activist. The quickest and easiest way to advocate for your favorite cause is through sharing information on social media and educating your friends and family.
One of the challenges nonprofits face is getting their message out to more people, especially with Facebook’s frequent algorithm updates. It’s up to you to engage with their social media posts to ensure you remain updated on the issue and can share with others when you feel especially inspired!
If you are passionate like we are about ending homelessness, here are five Twitter and Facebook pages you should be following – and sharing!
National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)
The three core components of rapid re-housing:
?FIND: Help people quickly find housing
?PAY: Help them pay for it in the short or long term
?STAY: Help them access the services they need to stay in housing
— End Homelessness (@naehomelessness) January 18, 2018
This non-partisan, nonprofit organization is committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States and is the top place to find news and public policy regarding homelessness. Follow NAEH on Twitter and Facebook.
— Jeff Olivet (@jeffolivet) November 29, 2017
Jeff Olivet is the CEO of the Center for Social Innovation, an organization that promotes best practices to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness, trauma, mental illness, and addiction. Jeff speaks every year at our annual HOME Conference, and tweets about current events and how they will affect homelessness. Follow him on Twitter.
Drew lost his job, then he lost his wife and daughter to a drunk driver. https://t.co/UO2cVJ0fvJ
— Invisible People (@invisiblepeople) January 23, 2018
Invisible People is a nonprofit that leverages the power of video and social media to share stories of people experiencing homelessness. The stories they create are raw and impactful. Follow Invisible People on Twitter and Facebook.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
Data doesn’t tell the whole story of homelessness in America, but it does shape a vivid picture. Here’s @m_j_doherty‘s annual report on findings and implications from recent data reports https://t.co/VQq3Hp8Kks pic.twitter.com/nHTJbV0vwd
— USICHgov (@USICHgov) January 12, 2018
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness coordinates the Federal government’s response to homelessness. This account posts frequently with national data and updates on the Federal strategic plan to end homelessness. Follow USICH on Twitter and Facebook.
Your Local Nonprofit
If you see someone in need of a safe space during these frigid days, call the appropriate number below with when and where you spotted the person in need and give them a description.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY: 301-279-8000
PG COUNTY: 888-731-0999
RT to save a life!
— MCCH (@MCCHMD) January 3, 2018
Creating lasting change begins at home. Find the nearest nonprofit that focuses on ending homelessness in your community and engage with their content! Winter is an especially important time to share information, as people experiencing homelessness are in danger during extreme cold weather. Follow MCCH on Twitter and Facebook or find your nearest nonprofit if you live outside of Montgomery County, MD.
The simple act of sharing a video or tweet can have a big impact on ending homelessness!
Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) is a non-profit with the mission to provide solutions in Montgomery County to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and nonrecurring. Learn more about MCCH.