Have you spotted red parking meters along the boardwalk at the Oceanfront?
These meters are part of the "Power of Change" Donation Meter Program. The program is designed to help reduce panhandling in the resort area but still provide an option for those who want to donate to people experiencing homelessness. By using the meters, citizens and visitors can have peace of mind their donations are going to a good cause.
How? A committee of representatives from faith organizations, homeowners associations, nonprofits, business owners and city agencies make recommendations on how proceeds from the program should be used. Money deposited into the meters may go towards organizations dedicated to helping the homeless or to provide basic supplies, outreach and support.
Funds have been used to provide bus tickets for travel to employment, educational opportunities, medical treatment and housing-related searches; prescriptions; identification cards and basic survival supplies.
The "Power of Change" Donation Meter Program has been in place since 2012 and is an initiative of the Resort Advisory Commission
(RAC), a Council-appointed group that identifies and works together to address resort-related issues.