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WHAT IS PROJECT 680? Project 680 is a grassroots team effort led by local residents to do something about the problem of student homelessness. This all started with a sock drive in December 2008. After learning of the “680″ from the District Liaison for Homeless Services, and that having new socks were a felt need among these students, it became our goal to collect 680 pairs of socks. Well, we were overwhelmed with generosity from the community and we saw 3,144 pairs of socks come in (on a similar note, a future underwear drive then saw 3,198 pairs of underwear). Local residents, neighborhoods, organizations, churches, and businesses all teamed up to make this happen.

The drives we have done have been successful thus far because it’s been easy to get involved and easy to see that such a basic need was important for local students. Our communities in Folsom & Rancho Cordova have a big heart for local kids and they respond generously when hearing about what local students need.

Watch this video on the need.

Project 680 does not currently have non-profit 501c3 status, but we are grateful for the Cordova Community Council (Federal EIN is 20-8488524) accepting checks on our behalf as a non-profit partner to Project 680. Please contact us if you are interested in making a tax-deductible financial contribution. Checks can be made payable to “Cordova Community Council” with “Project 680″ in the memo section. You can mail the check to Cordova Community Council, 2729 Prospect Park Dr, Suite 117, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.

Want to give online? You can go to this link (Cordova Community Council) which will take you to the online giving page for the Cordova Community Council (our parent organization) and notate P680 in the comments field and it will get directed to Project 680.


 
WHO IS BEHIND THIS EFFORT  People like you. Also, various neighborhood leaders throughout Rancho Cordova and Folsom and local organizations / businesses have volunteered to tap into their networks, be a drop-off location, or tell others about this project. This project is being spearheaded by the Project 680 team, which is comprised of an array of folks from the community in Folsom and Rancho Cordova as well as local organizations. This effort belongs to all of us.

 

DID YOU KNOW  that the Folsom Cordova Unified School District had 680 documented cases of “homeless” students in 2008 (now 783)? Can you believe that? It’s hard to grasp that so many local kids are struggling with something as basic as a stable place to live. This is not happening in some random city either, but in our own backyard.

In 2011, the Sacramento Bee reported that Sacramento county's school districts counted 7,254 homeless children and youths among their students, a jump of more than 50 percent since 2005.


 
WHAT IS A HOMELESS STUDENT?  “Homeless” is defined as “an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate residence.” The students that the school district serves in Folsom and Rancho Cordova are living in unstable places like motels, in homes without a parent or legal guardian, in homes without power or water, in RVs in parking lots, in cars, in tents, on the streets, and more. Being a kid or teenager these days is difficult enough without adding the struggle of instability in living arrangements.

 
FCUSD AND HOMELESS STUDENTS The District Liaison for Homeless Services (see their page) is a paid position within the FCUSD and there is also other full-time and part-time positions to help with the effort. Serving homeless students is a very real need for the District (and many other districts) in both Rancho Cordova and Folsom and is really about “leaving no child behind.” This emphasis in the District is funded by Title I money through State & Federal programs.

 
FINDING PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS  Project 680 is all about discovering practical ways to support local students. We are not looking to create enormous and time-consuming programs either, but emphases that are easy to pull off and also make sense for everyone. We are continually keeping our eyes and ears open for what local students need and then we do something about it by getting the community involved.

 
PROJECT 680 BOARD  Project 680 is managed by a board of community members that consists of Joe Rich, Melody Mayer, Lorianne Ulm, Sheryl Longsworth and Ryan Lundquist (President Emeritus). If you have questions for any board member or a general question about Project 680, please let us know. We are committed to being transparent to the community in all regards and appropriately handling donations with integrity of every kind, whether monetary or other. Donations are directed to serve homeless and needy students in the Folsom and Rancho Cordova area as the board sees fit. We do not have staff members and no board member or any other person or entity earns even a cent from our steering efforts, so what you donate goes directly to students.

 
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