The Homeless Stand Down event is an annual gathering of businesses, nonprofits, and community members who come together to provide resources, respite, and reconnection to people experiencing homelessness. Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU) has been a part of the event in Cleveland for nearly 30 years, and they believe that volunteerism is critical to the health and success of a community. By volunteering, individuals can help nonprofits achieve their missions and give back to the community, while also experiencing personal rewards.

The Importance of Kindness and Empathy

The event provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to serve individuals who have faced disappointments in life and are in need of support. For people experiencing homelessness, a kind day can make a huge difference. As one participant notes, “It’s nice to see that there are people in the community who have concern for people who, like me, who are homeless, wanting to get better and actually improve, and that gives them hope.”

BVU’s commitment to the event is personal for some of their team members. One volunteer shares, “I once was homeless myself. So I said, when I get out of this situation that I’m in, I’m going to give back to others.” This sentiment of giving back is echoed by many other volunteers, who find the experience of helping others to be rewarding and fulfilling.

For people experiencing homelessness, the kindness and empathy shown by volunteers can make a world of difference. One participant notes, “I had people meet my eyes when we spoke. They looked me in the eye and they smiled. And it was a genuine smile. It was a smile that wasn’t just on their face, it was in their eyes and a genuine glow from inside. These were people who saw a need and really genuinely wanted to meet that need.”

The Impact of Volunteerism

The Homeless Stand Down event is an opportunity for volunteers to see the tangible effects of their efforts and make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need. As another participant explains, “Homeless Stand Down is a chance for people who help the homeless to see the kind of effects they have.” Through their commitment to volunteering and community service, BVU and other organizations like them are helping to create a better world for everyone.

BVU has been a part of the Cleveland community for over 25 years and has a wealth of experience in volunteer management and community engagement. The organization provides training and support to businesses, nonprofits, and individuals who want to make a positive impact in their communities. They offer a variety of programs and services, including board matching, volunteer recruitment, and leadership development.

BVU is committed to building a strong and vibrant community through volunteerism and community engagement. By bringing together businesses, nonprofits, and individuals, BVU is helping to create a better world for everyone. Their work at the Homeless Stand Down event is just one example of the organization’s dedication to making a difference in the lives of those in need.