Westside branch locations of the Indianapolis Public Library will join a statewide campaign to collect essential items that can help homeless veterans and military families in crisis.
Library locations will serve as collection sites for the “Movers for Military” project, spearheaded by Two Men and a Truck® in partnership with Volunteers of America locally and other non-profit organizations across the state.
Beginning Oct. 4 and continuing through Nov. 8, the public is encouraged to visit library branches to drop off household items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothing, small appliances, and miscellaneous self-sufficiency items.
These products will be delivered locally to partnering veterans’ hospitals and shelters on or before Veterans Day on Nov. 11.
In addition to the library, local schools, churches and other community organizations are participating in the collection project.
In 2012, the first year of “Movers for Military,” more than 5,000 items were collected in Indiana for veterans in crisis. It’s estimated that more than 1.5 million veterans are at risk of homelessness nationwide. In Indiana, there are an estimated 15 homeless veterans per 10,000 people in the general population. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that 62,619 veterans are homeless on any given night.
Indy library collection sites are open during normal business hours.
To learn more about “Movers for Military” and how to participate, call 644-0707.