RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Rounds Bakery is hosting a giving tree to benefit impoverished young adults through community donations for The Eddy House through January 19, 2019. Co-owners Sean Cary and Anton Novak have pledged to match donations up to $1000 and Rounds employees have also agreed to contribute their tips on select days.
Money raised will go toward providing living essentials to teens aging out of the foster system. Through various programs and services, The Eddy House works with homeless and at-risk youth to develop life and job skills necessary for sustainable independence.
“Once they reach a certain age, these kids literally have no family and no one to turn to. They suffer and, by no fault of their own, they are left abandoned,” says Novak. “It’s incredibly difficult for them to get a job because they have nothing to get started — no transportation, no new shirt for interviews, not even non-skid shoes required in the restaurant business."
“These kids are desperately lacking the support they need to succeed. The homeless youth rate in our community has almost doubled and we need to step up. It’s imperative that these youth know their community supports them,” says Meredith Tanzer with the Eddy House.
Through the giving tree, Rounds will offer the following donation options:
$20 Donation: (pays for 7-day bus pass; 24 pairs of hand warmers; 5 pack of boxer briefs or underwear; Nevada ID Card)
$10 Donation: (pays for groceries; 2 undershirts; ear buds; flashlight; sports bra or boxer briefs)
$5 Donation: (pays for groceries; 1 pair of socks or underwear; over-the-counter cough drops)
“Even one dollar provides the opportunity for everyone to be part of the solution,” Novak adds. “Not solving this problem is not an option. We need to fix this now or pay for it later.”
Eddy House, a 2018 KOLOCares Pillar Partner, is the central intake and assessment facility in Northern Nevada. The objective of the Eddy House is to end youth homelessness in Reno, Nevada. Eddy House youth resource center is a drop in center for homeless, runaway, foster, and other at-risk youth. Youth can access resources for their basic needs such as food, clothing, hygiene items, and a safe secure place to hang out Monday through Friday 10am-5pm. Eddy House partners with many organizations in the Northern Nevada region to provide further resources to our youth.