So, in light of todays event cancelation due to weather…our team wanted to share with you what we take into account when we do cancel a Homeless Outreach Event. We get lots of questions about and it and so we wanted to share with you all how it works!
The thing that is always at the front of our minds when we think about our Homeless Outreach Events is the safety of our volunteers. Without our volunteers what we do wouldn’t be possible, and so we want to take care of them the best we can. The other big thing we look at is our meal prep. We on average prepare meals for between 150 and 200 folks per weekend. That’s a lot of food. And we don’t want to see that food go to waste. There are some parts of meals we can keep frozen until our next event…but most things won’t last. And so if we think there is a chance that weather could greatly interfere with a Homeless Outreach Event we consider a cancelation.
Our team really doesn’t like to cancel events. We hate not being able to go downtown and serve our friends. So we don’t take cancelations lightly.
We have also found over the years that when it’s raining or snowing…those we serve downtown don’t show up. They seek shelter from the elements. And so a Homeless Outreach Event in those conditions would just not work.
And the last thing we all know is that weather is unpredictable. We aren’t meteorologists. Our iPhones and computers do the best they can but aren’t perfect weather predictors. And so we may call a cancelation based on what we can see at the moment and in a matter of an hour the weather has changed all together! And that’s just how weather works! It’s a funny thing.
So hopefully that all helps. We do our best to communicate cancelations through our website and Facebook/Twitter…but we know we can’t reach everybody. And we apologize for that. Please let us know if you have any questions. We would love to talk to you about them!
Thanks for all your support and love. We really appreciate all of you deeply. You make The Andy Project what we are. So thank you.