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Spring Forward – Give Back to Homeless Pregnant Teens
New Transitional Home for Pregnant Teens and Young Women to Open in 2015
LARGO, Maryland (Prince Georges County, MD)– March 21, 2015 – A new transitional home for homeless young women (ages 14-22); pregnant teens and women with HIV/AIDs is scheduled to open its doors in 2015. Arnold Place will be a place of serenity, transition and hope for its residents. Located in Prince George’s County, Maryland (minutes from Washington, D.C), Arnold Place will be comprised of residential suites; each equipped with private bathrooms. It will also provide residents with a common recreational area; a commercial kitchen; a state-of-the-art computer training center; and supportive services such as skills training, job search assistance, case management, mental health counseling and financial planning. All designed to help young women positively transition from homelessness to productive lives. Arnold Place will empower young women with hope, direction and guidance necessary to put their lives on a positive track. Even prior to the doors opening, this newly registered 501(c)(3) is making a profound statement in the world of philanthropy. Through its upcycling fundraiser campaign, Arnold Place seeks to secure the remnants of this season’s spring cleaning to be used to fundraise for remaining costs necessary for its grand opening. Arnold Place values your trash as treasure.
The Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern Baker’s Ten Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in Prince George’s County 2012 – 2021 states that homeless youth face even greater barriers than homeless adults because they lack options; have less education and little to no income compared to most adults. Arnold Place is solely devoted to helping pregnant teens, homeless and troubled young women, especially those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. As such, monetary contributions, as well as other types of donations are tax deductible as allowed under the IRS.
According to Tracy Arnold, a concerned Prince George’s County resident and Executive Director of Arnold Place, “the vision for Arnold Place has been seven (7) years in the making. In fact, Arnold Place has already raised substantial contributions through private funding, pledges and donations. However, an additional $1.8 million is still needed to complete the project.” Having been a troubled youth and homeless teen, Ms. Arnold believes it is her mission to help other young homeless women overcome their challenges, just as she has.
To support efforts to open its doors in 2015, Arnold Place has launched two (2) methods of fundraising. They include crowdfunding and the One Million Upcycling Fundraiser Campaign:
One Million Upcycling Fundraiser Campaign – Shoes, Clothing and Plastic Recyclables – The goal is to collect 1 million pounds of clothing; 1 million pairs of shoes; and 1 million pounds of plastic women toiletry containers. Designated collection sites will be available for donation drop offs. Drivers are also available to pick-up donations from a home or workplace, at the donor’s convenience. All proceeds will benefit the acquisition and renovation efforts of Arnold Place. The campaign includes:
(1) Collection of used clothing and shoes – any gender|age – or any condition. The recycler makes a monetary donation to Arnold Place for clothing and shoes collected. In this trend called upcycling, the recycler is committed to transforming discarded items into new, useful and creative ones to meet its global corporate responsibility.
(2) Collection of empty plastic containers (e.g. women’s lotions, shampoo and hair conditioner) as well. For every 10 pounds collected, a $4.00 monetary donation will go to Arnold Place.
Tracy Arnold, visionary of Arnold Place explains – “Our upcycling fundraiser proves to the community that our efforts are genuine – that as a new 501(c)(3), we will be worthy of our upcoming crowdfunding campaign, but right now – we are diligent in pursuing creative avenues to engage the community; raise awareness of our cause and encourage upcycling by all!” It allows everyone to give back.
In an environment contrary to homelessness, Arnold Place will empower with the warmth of home. “We’re not just giving a bed, but are creating a holistic approach to the entire self-esteem,” Tracy emphasizes. As you spring forward, Arnold Place is asking that you not trash your unwanted items. Instead, allow us to collect them to be used to give back. All contributions will assist with completing the building purchase, renovations and equipment.
For additional information, please visit http://www.arnoldplace.org. Inquires to include media and corporate sponsorships, will be received by the Public Relations Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make an indiegogo donation, please visit http://igg.me/at/arnoldplace.