REAL CHANGE. NOT SPARE CHANGE is a collaborative Clarksville community program that promotes alternate giving to community service providers who can provide a more lasting impact than simply giving money to people who are panhandling.
The idea is to REDIRECT YOUR GENEROSITY
to an established, well-managed agency already working to provide a full range of life-changing assistance to people in need in the Clarksville community.
A donation to REAL CHANGE is an investment in long-term solutions.
||HOW TO DONATE. Donate today via text message using a safe, secure system managed by United Way of the Greater Clarksville Area. Text GIVECHANGE to 41444, and follow the prompts to donate or via desktop using this link https://app.mobilecause.com/form/q48zNQ
United Way will distribute REAL CHANGE donations equally to three of its affiliated agencies that provide food, shelter and other services -- the Community Action Agency, Manna Cafe and Urban Ministries.
RESPONDING TO PEOPLE WHO ARE PANHANDLING
So, what should you do?
Walk with certainty and confidence.
Make eye contact and acknowledge the person with a nod.
Choose to respond politely. You may simply say "no" or "not today."
If you want to offer something, consider bottled water or food gift certificates rather than money.
Call 931-648-0656 for non-emergency police assistance. Dial 911 in an emergency.
Be informed about the available community resources, and if possible direct people who are panhandling to the help they need. Here are the three REAL CHANGE
Old Firehouse Day Shelter/Room in the Inn
1498 Golf Club Lane, Clarksville
The Day Shelter provides short-term shelter, homeless services and counseling referrals.
Room in the Inn is an emergency winter shelter program, November through March.
Both are run by Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Action Agency.
Grace Assistance (United Methodist Urban Ministries)
217 South Third Street, Clarksville
Provides emergency assistance, including food, shelter vouchers, financial assistance for utilities, prescriptions, and transportation.
Manna Cafe Ministries
1319 Franklin Street, Clarksville
Restores hope and dignity to low income and homeless individuals by providing hot meals, boxed groceries, shelter and community.
Full list of services
The City of Clarksville has a poster, a resource card and the Real Change billboard image that your business or group may print to hand out or display.
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