Changing Seasons Federal Credit Union will celebrate a dozen people who have done good in their communities over a dozen weeks. For each person celebrated this November, Changing Seasons will donate a dozen pair of socks to the Shaw House Streetlight Outreach program, which assists youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in our communities.
In addition, Changing Seasons will donate an additional pair of socks for every person nominated!
Changing Seasons wants to know about someone who has “knocked your socks off” by impressing you with their actions or with their overwhelming positivity! We will celebrate one person each week over the next 12 weeks, chosen from your nominations, and donate a dozen new socks to an area organization helping those in need this winter in their name.
Nominate someone who has KNOCKED YOUR SOCKS OFF with their kindness, thoughtfulness, or goodness! We are looking for stories from acts of kindness to civic responsibility, and everything in between!
Nominate someone using the form below. We will review all the submissions each week and select the one that moves us the most. We’ll share the selected nomination in our branch and online and let the world know how they’ve knocked your socks off!
New socks are among the most needed items for people who are in fragile situations, such as those who are homeless. Many members of our homeless population walk several miles per day to access food and shelter. That’s easier when feet are healthy, warm, and dry.
Our November Partner is Streetlight Outreach
Streetlight Outreach is a program of the Shaw House, which works to help homeless or at-risk youth in our communities.
“Streetlight Outreach encounters between 200-300 homeless or at risk of homeless youth each year. Their first goal when encountering a youth is to meet basic needs such as food and clothing. Many of these youth are carrying all their clothes with them in a backpack. Most often, items such as jeans, shirts, and hoodies take importance due to the warmth they can provide. Many of the youth we encounter only have 1-2 pair of socks. Without easy access to free laundry services, those socks get worn for days, in rain, snow, and mud. They get wet, they get worn out, they get thrown away. For those who spend most of their day walking (due to lack of transportation) a fresh pair of socks can make all the difference and help prevent painful blisters and trench foot. Handing a youth a fresh pair of socks (along with a snack) is an easy way to introduce ourselves and services and helps gain the trust of those we want to help.”
– Program Director Dan Flemming
The Importance of Socks
- New socks are among the most needed items and are especially important during the cold, winter months.
- It takes only 30 minutes to get frostbite in sub-zero temperatures.
- It takes only 5-10 minutes to get frostbite when temp. Are -15 degrees or lower.
- Many people who are homeless must walk several miles per day to access food and shelter. That’s easier when feet are healthy, warm, and dry.
- In Maine, interior weather stations record from 40-60 days of sub-zero temperatures annually.
- Maine’s cold season lasts 3.3 months, from December 3 to March 14, with an average daily high temperature below 39°F.