Fall semester is kicking off this week for many of our local universities. If you are one of the thousands of college students in our region, Homeward welcomes you to the community.

Each year, we hear from college students who want to get involved with the work to end homelessness in our community. As many of you know, homelessness is a complex issue and cannot be solved by any one person or agency. That’s why we invite you to participate in our region’s collaborative approach to providing solutions to homelessness.

Here are four ways that students can get involved:

  • Educate yourself and your student colleagues on best practices in homeless services.

Our region has a highly-developed, data-driven network of homeless service providers. The more you know about it, the better prepared you will be to help someone in need.

You can view the data that Homeward has collected on homelessness in greater Richmond on our website.

  • Seek a volunteer or internship opportunity with a local homeless service organization.

Many homeless service organizations look for help with their programs during the academic year. Visit the HandsOn Greater Richmond website for volunteer opportunities and sign up for the newsletter to stay up-to-date on internship openings.

  • Support your local nonprofit homeless service organization.

We know that funds can be tight for a lot of students, but you can also support the work being done to end homelessness in Richmond by leading a donation drive through a student-led organization. Homeward is happy to help your organization identify the needs of our neighbors experiencing homelessness, as well as assist with getting the collected items into the hands of the people who need them.

  • Connect people who are panhandling with helpful resources.

Many of you attend college in an urban setting where you will encounter people who will ask you for money or help. Visit the Homeward “Panhandling FAQs” webpage to learn more about this topic and understand the best ways to give help to those in need.

There is a lot of information in these links and we know you probably have questions. You can send questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Best of luck this semester! We look forward to connecting with you. 

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