Back@You http://backatyou.org We see the homeless, and we've got their backs. Sun, 10 Nov 2019 05:34:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 http://backatyou.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/cropped-FavIcon-32x32.png Back@You http://backatyou.org 32 32 No Obstacle Too Big to Keep Our Volunteers Away! http://backatyou.org/2019/11/no-obstacle-too-big-to-keep-our-volunteers-away Sun, 10 Nov 2019 05:34:49 +0000 http://backatyou.org/?p=1673 It poured rain on October 26 for our backpack stuffing, and on October 27 we discovered that all roads to our distribution location were blocked. But these obstacles only proved how devoted our volunteers are! On Saturday, over 45 volunteers braved torrential downpours to help us stuff 500 backpacks. Out of the 500 backpacks we filled with essentials, 300 of them were picked up by nine...

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5th Annual BACKPACK BLUES, New Award, and a Bright Future http://backatyou.org/2019/06/5th-annual-backpack-blues-new-award-and-a-bright-future Sun, 09 Jun 2019 21:20:23 +0000 http://backatyou.org/?p=1611 Photo courtesy of Steve Petersen It is hard to believe we just held our 5 th Annual BACKPACK BLUES Benefit! This was our second year at Broadways Oyster Bar, and it was a great day. The weather, despite being unreliable and rainy this spring, was perfect, with sunshine and temps in the mid-70s. Inside we had incredible silent auction items from BACK@YOU’s generous corporate and individual friends...

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Sharing Our Annual Distribution, A Day of Kindness & Respect http://backatyou.org/2018/11/sharing-our-annual-distribution-a-day-of-kindness-respect Sat, 17 Nov 2018 01:02:54 +0000 http://backatyou.org/?p=1547 If you have never participated in our distribution, it can be hard to describe. I can tell you that we gather 100 volunteers together to show our homeless neighbors the kindness and the respect that every human being deserves, and that we do it personally, one on one. I can also tell you that we give them backpacks filled with essentials to make life on the streets a little easier...

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BACK@YOU Volunteers Show StL Homeless Neighbors Kindness and Respect for 4th Straight Year http://backatyou.org/2018/11/backyou-volunteers-show-stl-homeless-neighbors-kindness-and-respect-for-4th-straight-year Thu, 08 Nov 2018 02:38:52 +0000 http://backatyou.org/?p=1534 BACK@YOU volunteers are absolutely the best volunteers anywhere! Not only do they register and show up, they show up with friends and family! Those who have volunteered with us before want to share the experience with those they love. On October 27 th we had over 50 volunteers help stuff 500 backpacks. It took less than two and a half hours to get them all done. Next, 300 of the backpacks had to...

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Our Biggest Distribution Yet! http://backatyou.org/2018/10/our-biggest-distribution-yet Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:10:41 +0000 http://backatyou.org/?p=1501 It is quickly coming up on our 4 th annual backpack distribution on October 28. We have come a long way since 2014 when four of us distributed 20 backpacks bought at Five Below and filled with a few items and a handmade scarf that I crocheted during Cardinal baseball season. Here we are in 2018, partnering with Citypak Project with their backpacks specially designed for those experiencing...

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BACKPACK BLUES Benefit 2018 had a new venue and a new attitude! http://backatyou.org/2018/05/backpack-blues-benefit-2018 Thu, 17 May 2018 22:33:22 +0000 http://backatyou.org/?p=1170 Broadway Oyster Bar was the perfect place to be on Sunday, April 29, when the temp was a sunny 65 degrees. People were happy to shake off the long, gloomy winter, soak up some rays, and listen to some great music. Our crowd was our largest ever and BACK@YOU made a lot of new friends and supporters! We also had a visit from KMOV Channel 4 and they shared with their viewers our benefit and the work...

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Another Year of Gratitude for BACK@YOU in 2017 http://backatyou.org/2017/12/another-year-gratitude-backyou-2017 Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:08:42 +0000 http://backatyou.org/?p=1120 As the old year ends and we welcome 2018, I am able to look back on all that BACK@YOU has accomplished. Two events held by Kendra Scott were incredibly successful and will ensure that each backpack in 2018 will again contain 18 hour body/hand warmers. These warmers can save lives on a bitter cold night and, in 2017, we included six of them in each backpack. The BACKPACK BLUES Benefit was a fun...

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Jewish Fund for Human Needs Grant Has a Big Impact for BACK@YOU http://backatyou.org/2017/07/jewish-fund-for-human-needs-makes-a-big-impact-for-backyou Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:52:29 +0000 http://backatyou.org/?p=1087 As we work to finalize the details for our next distribution, I want to reflect on an amazing thing that has contributed to one of the biggest improvements in our backpacks for this year. We received a $3,500.00 grant from the Jewish Fund for Human Needs. For a nonprofit of our size, this makes a real impact. Last year our board decided that instead of distributing more backpacks...

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BACKPACK BLUES Benefit Continues Its Success for 3rd Straight Year! http://backatyou.org/2017/05/backpack-blues-benefit-continues-its-success-for-3rd-straight-year Sun, 21 May 2017 22:07:16 +0000 http://backatyou.org/?p=1058 BACK@YOU held its 3rd Annual BACKPACK BLUES Benefit, and it continues to get bigger and better! This year we raised over $5,200 with help from over 40 silent-auction donors made up of local businesses and supporters. Bands Church on Wheels, Jason Cooper, and our headliner, Uncle Albert, made this one of the not-to-be missed events of the spring! It was a big party with great music...

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Successful Second Year and Heading into Year Three Strong! http://backatyou.org/2016/12/successful-second-year Mon, 12 Dec 2016 23:56:40 +0000 http://backatyou.org/?p=1007 What a great year 2016 turned out to be for BACK@YOU! Last year we distributed 200 Citypak backpacks filled with essentials to make life a little easier for our homeless neighbors, and this year we doubled down with 400 backpacks. On October 29, over 100 volunteers showed up to help us stuff 400 backpacks. We took 200 backpacks to a location where various organizations picked them up for their...

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