How You Can HELP
And why you should...
HOW YOUR SUPPORT IS USED
When you contribute to Camp Second Chance, you are helping to provide bedding, clothing, food, and light – the fundamentals of stable human life. The City provides the infrastructure for the camp – tents, utilities, and basic sanitation and kitchen supplies – but everything else is the responsibility of the camp itself. The camp leadership distributes resources fairly and carefully to those people who are most in need.
Your material support enables something even more important: a sense of community. To be homeless is to be alone, isolated, cut off from human relationships. The community of the camp provides a sense of belonging, as well as the responsibility to live and work with other people. It's a point of reentry into society, a refuge from chaos, and an anchor in a turbulent world.
Doesn't the City pay for this camp?
The City pays only part of the cost of operating Camp Second Chance. The contract provided by the Human Services Department pays for: utilities (electricity, water, portable toilets, and garbage service), case management (one full-time caseworker), and some basic supplies (like toilet paper, paper plates, and plastic silverware). The City will pay for tents, but not for tiny houses, which are built with donated materials and labor.
Some campers have income, either from working a job or from disability or other payments from the government. This is enough to buy some groceries, personal supplies, and clothing, at least at the beginning of the month. It's enough to pay for the bus and for an inexpensive cell-phone. It's not enough to pay rent on an apartment. If campers are diligent, they can set aside a little bit of money in savings, in preparation for moving out of camp into housing.
How to Help
You can bring donations to the camp at any time. (Map) The front gate is attended 24 hours a day.
Buy items from our Amazon Wish List and have them delivered directly to the camp.
Contribute money via PayPal through our trusted agent David Baum. 100% of your donation goes to the camp.
You can cook and deliver a meal for the camp. Sign up on our Meal Calendar.
- Clothing - Clean usable clothing, (75% of our residents are men) all sizes socks, shoes, winter wear (gloves, hats, coats ,sweaters, and thermal underwear!
- Camping Supplies - Blankets and sleeping bags, Tarps preferred are 16 x 20 and 12 x 12. 55 gallon trash bags, batteries (aaa ,aa ,c,d). Also headlamps, flashlights and foot and hand warmers, Mr. Buddy heaters, Big Buddy heaters, and totes with lids.
- Hygiene Products - Tooth Brushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, foot powder, razors, shaving cream, shampoo and conditioners, feminine products, first aid products such as pain relievers, antibiotic ointment, bandages, and cold relief, (non-alcoholic cough syrup only, please!!!)
- Kitchen Supplies - Paper products (plates, cups, towels, tissue, etc.), plastic wrap, Ziplock bags, plastic rodent proof containers (4-quart to 35-gallon size), hand sanitizer and hand soap, Lysol or Clorox disinfecting wipes, sponges, canned foods like chili, beef stew, soup of all kinds (single portion size is best), coffee, tea, honey, sugar, and creamer.
- Office Supplies - Ink for HP OFFICEJET PRO 8725 Pack with (blue, yellow, red, and black), copy paper, ink pens, 1-subject notebooks (standard size), stapler and staples, highlighters, and permanent markers.
- Hardware - Duct tape, Gorilla tape. Nails (3"box nails), twine (poly), rope. zip ties 1/2" or thinner (8"-14" preferred), surge protectors, and extension cords (heavy duty outdoor) 25 ft to 100 ft long.