Corinne Hindes and Katrine Kirsebom, Warm Winters, Walnut Creek, CA
Teenage ski racers mobilizing a youth army to serve homeless people.
Tags: Homelessness, Youth ServiceFour years ago, at age 11, ski racers Katrin Kirsebom and Corinne Hindes noticed homeless people in their community who did not have proper winter clothing for cold weather. Not long after, while looking for a misplaced hat in the lost and found at a ski resort, they saw huge piles of gloves, scarves, coats and boots. They asked if they could take the unclaimed items to homeless people in their community, and with that, Warm Winters was born.
Since then, these teenage dynamos have engaged 300 youth leaders in 8 states, have 17 ski resort partners with teenage team leaders at each location. They have donated upwards of 10,000 winter clothing items to homeless people around the country. Corinne and Katrine are masterful at creating a pathway for teenage skiers to get involved in making a difference for homeless people in their communities around the US and even Australia.
Recently, they launched more ways for non-skiing youth to get involved. Based on expressed needs of the homeless people they serve, the program now collects socks and personal care items via drives in schools and hopes to significantly expand this program in 2016, along with working with even more resorts. Their entire budget in 2015 was under $10K but they hope to expand the budget to $50-100K in 2016 which would also include paying one staff person to manage the program.