There are approximately 650.000 homeless people in Germany. No one knows the exact number right now. There are many ways for you to support people living on the streets of Berlin. There are also charities like Rise e.V. who are trying to help people to find new strength. In the following interview you can learn more about Rise e.V., what they do and how you can volunteer with them!
Who is the Rise Foundation?
Rise Foundation e.V., a Berlin-based charity, founded in June 2018 helps homeless people through regular outreach programs providing plant based food, sanitary items and clothes to those who need it. Rise Foundation e.V. does this whilst communicating warmly and compassionately with individuals and providing key information about local shelters.
We believe that human connection is one of the most important aspects in our society. We spend time listening to the stories that homeless people want to tell. Making them feel like a part of society, sharing a meal together and respecting them as the beautiful human they are.
Where are you active?
Our distribution/outreach events happen all over Berlin. Together we cook plant based food, package it, prepare hygiene and medical kits, bundle the clothing, sleeping bags or thermal mats, group the information booklets that Rise Foundation created that contains district wise info in different about local places which offer shelter, medical help, counselling or day care activities. On the same day, our volunteers go out in groups all over Berlin to share a meal, have a conversation and distribute these items that we carry with us.
Why do you stand up for homeless people?
One thing which is very important in our eyes is the power of human connection. People living on the streets get ignored by hundreds of people everyday. Life is difficult for them in the first place and getting ignored by most of the people doesn’t help either. We see people living on the streets as part of our society. They deserve the same respect and kindness as you and us. With our programs/outreach events, we focus exactly on that. Social engagement with the people living on the streets and changing the stigma around this is what we focus on.
What does your organization do to support homeless people?
We do anything to support the lives of the people living on the streets. To make it easier for them while they are on this difficult journey. I have highlighted some of the tasks we are engaged on currently.
- Distribute food, tea/coffee, hygiene and medical kits and clothing.
- Engage people living on the streets. Show respect and kindness and solidarity
- Creating programs such as social evenings, free tea/coffee points across Berlin
- Share information that makes things easier for them. A lot of information (booklets) is accessible to us but not to them and we try to bridge that gap.
How can volunteers support you?
People can sign up for the events on our facebook page for volunteering. Alternatively, our project is also listed on the GoVolunteer website. We always need more support in terms of event management, logistics of new projects and campaigns. Anyone can send us an email on [email protected] and you will be contacted right away.
Where do you need help and support?
Donations from individuals and organisations in terms of hygiene items, groceries or direct donation on our website would help us sustain and create more campaigns and projects. You can also support us by organizing a fundraiser.
We also are looking for people who can commit for a longer duration to join our team and help us with our work.
Helping the homeless
Do you want to get involved now and support homeless people? Then check out the Rise Foundation e.V. on our volunteering platform GoVolunteer.com! The Rise foundation is constantly looking for volunteers to help out with different projects.