What We Do
Thank you for your interest in We Care Volunteers!
Our mission is to provide a home cooked meal, weather appropriate clothing and support to the homeless and under-served within our community. We provide this support in a free environment for individuals and families in Reno/Sparks who are experiencing homelessness-- whether living rough on the streets of Reno, or in the Daily motels along the 4th street corridor.
We serve an evening meal Tuesday-Thursday from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm at 335 Record Street off 4th street in the Parking Lot of the Tom Vetica Resource center outdoors in the SAFE-GROUND area.
Many of the resources for the homeless and poor are located within walking distance of this parking area which means we are able to reach the elderly, disabled and families living on the 4 street corridor, and those traveling by bus. (the bus station is only 1 block away).
We Care Volunteers provides the main dish and at least two additional side dishes plus the beverage(s) to serve anywhere from 150-400 meals per night.
We encourage church, community school groups along with the general public to join in to serve, and to provide a side-dish or dessert, etc. to round out the meal-- if they so choose. We Care Volunteers-- are all inclusive-- partnering with many of the agencies throughout the greater Washoe County to assist those in need, but we have no ties to any specific church, political, or community organization. We have worked alongside the Red-Cross, Catholic Charities, South Reno Methodist church, The Nevada Ewes, Veterans, Blue Star Moms, Girl and boy scouts, YELP Reno, Microsoft, Fandango, Nevada Energy employees, and various other groups to help stop hunger among the men, women, and families who live on the streets or the daily motels of Reno/Sparks Nevada. Our volunteers are the Washoe County populace and any given night you will meet Retirees, College students, Teachers, and even participants from the local “Pirates of Reno” re-enactment group!
We host two events a year where we provide weather appropriate clothes and gear that we have gathered from the community. We provide free haircuts and toiletries to assist with preparing with the Summer/Winter. These events have attracted over 500 participants where we have partnered with other community organizations and nonprofits to provide a BBQ lunch, clothing, toiletries, haircuts other resources.
We rely solely on private donations to accomplish our goals. 100% of the donations we receive go directly to support serving our homeless guests.
Now in our 8th year, We Care Volunteers provides over 3,800 meals a month-- serving the homeless, working poor, elderly, veterans, women, children and families of the Reno/Sparks community and those living in the 4th street corridor.
Our Donors are the foundation of the organization, who keep us cooking and serving nutritious home cooked meals to those without the capability to do so for themselves.
See our "how you can help" tab to see how your donation assists us with our mission.
We are an all-inclusive group of volunteers who work with one common goal, and that is to help our neighbors in need.
Who We Serve
A 2010 hunger study* found that 15% of the population in our community are without a regular source of nutritious meals.
Unsurprisingly the same study reports that 41% of the population in our community does not qualify for federal food benefits and often must rely on charitable organizations like We Care Volunteers.
Tuesday-Thursday evenings we serve Outdoors at 335 Record Street off 4th street in the Parking Lot of the Tom Vetica Resource center Veranda.
*Study compiled by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx