The Knox County Homeless Coalition, Steel House, and Ada’s Kitchen are pleased to announce an exciting joint volunteer opportunity that will double as a pilot project for a new software platform and economic system to encourage acts of social good!

On December 1st, from 12pm until 4pm at Nativity Lutheran Church (179 Old County Rd. in Rockport, right next to Hospitality House), up to 20 volunteers will participate in the Knox County Homeless Coalition Holiday Volunteer Project, a festive holiday gathering at which volunteers from the local community will assist the families served by the Coalition in crafting holiday gifts for their loved ones. Volunteers will be rewarded with tokens of a new currency called DoGoods via the Steel House smartphone apps. The day will conclude with an evening celebration at Ada’s Kitchen, at which volunteers will be able to pay part of their bills with the DoGoods they have earned!

Don’t have a smartphone? Don’t worry! You can still participate!

DoGood is a new cryptocurrency developed by members of Steel House to create a circular economy of social good. This Holiday Volunteer Project, in addition to being a great volunteer opportunity, will be a test of the technology and mechanics behind the currency before it is launched on a larger scale.

Please come volunteer, Do Good, and be part of the start of something big! To sign up to participate, please contact Eileen McGuigan at emcguigan@homehelphope.org. For questions about the DoGood currency, please contact Nathan Davis at nate@rocklandsteelhouse.com.

About Knox County Homeless Coalition

Knox County Homeless Coalition, founded in 2014, is the only dedicated homeless organization servicing Knox, Waldo, and part of Lincoln counties offering case management to an active client base of around 300. They also manage the Hospitality House family shelter — a live-in facility for 23 in Rockport. Their mission is to be the center of excellence in breaking cycles of poverty and homelessness in mid-coast Maine, offering a comprehensive approach to helping vulnerable people build productive and self-sustaining lives by providing intensive wraparound client care as well as shelter when possible. Everything the agency does do is delivered with respect, dignity, and genuine care, delivering on the promise of home, help, and hope.

Since opening their doors in 2014 KCHC has achieved a 90-95% success rate for sustainable independence in clients who remain active through the entire program. The Home Help Hope on Wheels van, an added service in 2015 helps remove one of the most critical barriers to rural independence and transports clients to jobs, education, child care, health care and other services, an average of 2,000 miles per month. The newest program of KCHC, The Landing Place, located on Park St. in downtown Rockland, is a highly-relational, low-barrier, comprehensive, youth program for under-served and marginalized teens.