Thank you for your interest in Filling The Void. Here are answers to a few of the most common questions we hear. Holler at us if you have a different question.
What’s an “outreach?” How do you define that?
An outreach is when we go to serve the needy right where they are. We learn names, provide sack lunches and encourage them with a message of hope.
How long do outreaches take?
Usually about an hour – maybe a little more or less depending on the venue and city. Some outreaches take 30 minutes. Others may take an hour and a half.
What happens if it rains or snows? Do you still go out?
You betcha. Some of the homeless are still going to be outside even if it rains or snows. Not all of them will go to a shelter.
What’s the most important thing I can do at an outreach?
Engage with the people we serve. Talk with them. Love them. Be a friend to people who are lonely and oppressed. Let them know that someone cares about them. The personal interactions we have are one of the things that sets Filling The Void apart.
Can I bring my kids to an outreach?
Sure. There’s no age restriction. Many families bring their children to show them how important it is to serve others. Minors, however, must remain within the custody and care of their parent or guardian while serving.
Are the streets safe? What do I need to be aware of?
One should always exercise caution with strangers, be “street-wise” and never work alone. We always work in teams led by our leaders or experienced volunteers. You can also learn more about risks and rewards in our training presentation.
Can I do a food or gently-used clothing drive for Filling The Void?
It’s a wonderful gesture, but not something that fits our processes. Very specific items go in our lunches, mostly purchased in bulk. With clothing, its more efficient for us to purchase brand new winter gear at bargain prices each Spring. We find really nice apparel for around $5-$10 per item.
Are my financial gifts to Filling The Void tax-deductible?
Yes. All Filling The Void ministries (Inc., Tulsa, Denver and Dallas) are 501c3 non-profits per our IRS qualifying status. Learn more here.
Is it ok to give money to a homeless person?
Absolutely not. It runs contrary to rehabilitative programs, providing a means for people to avoid shelters & services that will help them. Even pocket change keeps people trapped in addiction. Read this story.