Meghan Freebeck, the founder of Simply the Basics and CEO of Project Homeless Connect visited The Hamlin School on October 24. Simply the Basics provides personal hygiene products to those in need.
The Mission of Simply the Basics is to provide for individuals, organizations, and communities their most basic needs with dignity so that they can focus on bigger goals. We simply remove barriers, allowing people to have the opportunity to achieve.
Ms. Freebeck spoke about the following (among other topics):
-Simply the Basics supports people based on “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”
-Simply the Basics conducted extensive research before launching their nonprofit
On September 28, Grade 7 students volunteered at the SF-Marin Food Bank and participated in a Hunger 101 simulation. This experience was part of their ongoing study of food insecurity and homelessness. Throughout the year students will be learning more about these issues. Many students will volunteer with Lava Mae, a nonprofit that provides food, clothing, and hygiene for thousands of people in San Francisco. In the spring, Hamlin students will put their own problem-solving skills to work as part of our Rise to the Challenge project. For RTC they will conduct intense research and come up with action-oriented solutions.
As more and more people struggle to make ends meet, the need for the SF-Marin Food Bank has grown in recent years. On a weekly basis 30,000 families are fed by the SF-Marin Food bank through 450 Bay Area community partners. Before volunteering, Hamlin students took a brief tour of the warehouse and learned about the mission and overall operation. The girls worked for about 2 hours and packed 2300 pounds of brown rice and 1400 pounds of frozen corn.
On September 21, the founders of Replate spoke with our Grade 7 students about food justice and their dynamic nonprofit that provides 5,000 meals a week to 40 shelters. Replate collects food from many tech companies including Amazon, Facebook and Google. The food is then quickly given to organizations like Project Homeless Connect to feed those in need.
Replate was born in Berkeley, California on January 1, 2016. It is built on a group of passionate social entrepreneurs, activists, food heroes, drivers, and designers.
We connect communities and help make everyone a solution to the food insecurity in their area. Through our robust technology, we are able to match business’s excess food with those in need.
Hamlin Grade 8 students participated in the very first women-centered Pop Up Care Village in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Lava Mae’s Mission:
Through our Mobile Hygiene Service, Pop-Up Care Villages and buildIt toolkit, Lava Mae brings critical services to the streets, delivered with Radical Hospitality, to restore dignity, rekindle optimism, and fuel a sense of opportunity. Our audacious goal is to unleash a Radical Hospitality Revolution around the world.
Hamlin has had an ongoing partnership with Lava Mae for a year now. Usually Lava Mae hosts their Pop Up Care Villages outdoors near the Civic Center, serving both men and women, many who are experiencing homelessness. The Mission-based event focused on supporting women, many of whom were housed but struggling financially.
Helen (Fowler) Ortiz graduated from The Hamlin School in 2003 and is now back with us teaching Kindergarten.
1) What are your favorite memories of Hamlin?
Outdoor Education (we sang songs to keep our morale up in the Yosemite sleet), cross-country skiing, Halloween (I loved making costumes), singing the song the Witches’ Brew, the 8th grade musical (Bye Bye Birdie), Famous American Women’s Tea, and Field Day, to name a few! My closest friends are my Hamlin friends, they are like family to me. Also, as a 7th grader I volunteered in a 1st grade classroom reading to the girls and playing games, that experience started me thinking about becoming a teacher.
2) What is it like coming back to Hamlin as a teacher?
It is exciting and inspiring, the longevity of the teachers is a testament to the Hamlin school community. Hamlin is a school that always strives to do more and a place where teachers help each other out. It is wonderful seeing all my old teachers: Ms. Aquino, Ms. Gustavson, Ms. Abbott, Ms. McDonald, Ms. Hillegas-Stommel, and Ms. Metcalf. I loved my Hamlin teachers.
3) How has San Francisco changed since you were a kid?