“First and foremost, through the Coins for Change campaign, we continued to increase awareness in our school community of the very real issues that local families and individuals experience in dealing with homelessness. Again, our students, parents and staff poured out their hearts and their pocketbooks to be a part of making a positive difference. There are some great stories to share of how student awareness became connection and how connection became heartfelt contribution. These stories literally brought me to tears of joy and gratitude.” – Local teacher

Since 2014, Coins for Change has engaged hundreds of students in Homeward Alliance, homelessness, and philanthropy. Coins for Change is a month-long awareness-building campaign through which students learn about homelessness and collect loose change to address the issue. Homeward Alliance provides schools with the tools that they need to implement Coins for Change: fact sheets, awareness-building activities, coin collection containers, staff (to connect directly with students), and more.

Every year, we’re inspired by the creativity, passion, and impact of the students and staff who take on Coins for Change…not just by the tremendous work that they do throughout Coins for Change, but for what we know they will do for the future. A special thank you to Preston Middle School for being the first ever school to implement Coins for Change and to every school that has participated since.

Empower Youth, Build Awareness,Change the World

Getting Coins for Change going at your school is simple: Contact Homeward Alliance and let us know you’re interested. Our staff will meet with you and/or your classroom, club, or students who want to bring Coins for Change to their elementary-, middle- or high-school community.

  • Pick your timeframe (e.g. the month of February)
  • Set your goals
  • Make a plan
  • Kickoff the campaign!

“It’s impacted me to go see what’s wrong with the world and try to fix it in any way I can. In other words, it has made me a better person.” – Local youth, on philanthropy