Local Schools Raise More Than $11,000 for Homeless Gear through Coins for Change Program

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Homeless Gear’s Caps Second Year of Coins for Change—Six Local Schools Raise Awareness and Collect Over $11,000—OtterCares Foundation to Match Part of Proceeds

Fort Collins, Colorado, May 24, 2016:

Six local elementary, middle and high schools raised more than $11,000 in loose change for Homeless Gear during the 2015/2016 school year, part of a fundraising-and-awareness-building campaign—Coins for Change—that Homeless Gear launched last year.

The one-month program—organized around a newly-developed, proprietary curriculum—provides local students with opportunities to learn about homelessness and volunteer with and raise funds for Homeless Gear. Preston Middle School, Shepardson Elementary, Fort Collins High School, Kinard Middle School, Webber Middle School and Olander Elementary participated in the program in varying months throughout the schoolyear.

OtterCares Foundation matched up to $1,500 per school.

“While we are obviously blown away by and thankful for the funds, Coins for Change is about much more than the money,” said Chelsey Mandell, Homeless Gear’s Development Director. “Students took the program to another level—they created awareness-building videos about homelessness, sold products to collect additional change, held schoolwide assemblies… and just inspired us with their enthusiasm.”

Homeless Gear hopes to increase participation to eight schools during the 2016/2017 schoolyear.