CREATE REAL CHANGE

IT STARTS BY GIVING WITH A SMART HEART.

Don’t give change to panhandlers. Give smart via our text-to-give solution and join with others to fund crucial services and support that have the power to create real, lasting change in the lives of those who need a helping hand.

HOUSING
HEALTHCARE + MENTAL HEALTH
JOBS
CLOTHING + PERSONAL HYGIENE
FOOD

GIVE SMART IS A MOVEMENT CREATED FOR AND BY OUR COMMUNITY.

Downtown Orlando stakeholders are uniting to fundamentally improve the way we support our local neighbors in need. While many people give to panhandlers with the best of intentions—because they want to help them meet their everyday needs like clothing, food, and personal hygiene—this type of giving does not ultimately help the individual get off the streets and into housing. Instead, it nurtures further panhandling activities, which can lead to aggressive panhandling techniques that have a negative impact on downtown’s workers, residents, visitors, businesses, and reputation.

The Give Smart social initiative is aimed at educating and changing behaviors around panhandling. Instead of giving spare change, use your phone to give smart change. The Give Smart text-to-give platform powered by Heart of Florida United Way enables you to give safely and securely. Donations collected through the Give Smart platform will be distributed to agencies that are part of the region’s Housing First initiative, including the Homeless Services Network, Health Care Center for the Homeless, Pathway Homes, and the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. To date, the Housing First initiative has placed more than 339 chronically homeless individuals in permanent supportive housing. Through Give Smart, we can pool our donations and work together to continue creating real, lasting change in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.

HOUSING

HEALTHCARE + MENTAL HEALTH

JOBS

CLOTHING + PERSONAL HYGIENE

FOOD

The next time you are approached by a neighbor in need asking for change, tell them you are going to give smart because you want to see them thrive, not scrape by to survive.

TEXT “GIVE SMART” TO 85511 AND FOLLOW THE PROMPTS.

GIVE SMART. CREATE REAL CHANGE.

1

Use your smartphone to send a text message. Instead of typing in a telephone number, type in 85511 and then type “Give Smart” in the text message.

2

You will receive an automatic reply message with a link to the secure donation platform.

3

Click on that link and then choose your donation amount:
$100
$50
$25
$10
$5
Other

Then, choose the type of services or support you want your donation to provide:

HOUSING
HEALTHCARE + MENTAL HEALTH
JOBS
CLOTHING + PERSONAL HYGIENE
FOOD
WHEREVER MY HELP IS NEEDED MOST

4

Enter information associated with your payment method.

5

Confirm to send your donation.

WHEN WE GIVE TOGETHER, IT ADD$ UP.

With the help of the donation administrator, Heart of Florida United Way, we will release donation results in this section of the website on a quarterly basis. Please check back in October 2019 to see how much change Orlando generated and how everyone allocated their donations.

$5
DONATED

$1,016
DONATED

$0
DONATED

$0
DONATED

$5
DONATED

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We are directing you to an online donation portal created by the Give Smart donation administrator, Heart of Florida United Way. Click this link if you experience delays in this redirect.