The Slick Degrees Foundation partners across all sectors: public/private/nonprofit. We engage with our communities on all levels and, with our partners, can scale to solve New England's most pressing problems. Our philanthropy is primarily focused on three impact areas: Education & Children, Housing/Food Insecurity, and Veterans/Military Families. We also support service projects related to our impact areas, and welcome any/all innovative ideas to help us optimize our efforts. We are here to help, truly. Every drop counts.
These two impact areas are--wait for it--the foundation of our foundation. They are two of the basic building blocks of healthy, stable lives. This is what “at risk” looks like—without stable housing and food, people are at risk for, well, everything. We want to change this. We pledge to partner with organizations that provide transitional housing/paths to permanent housing, with a primary emphasis on families with children; and food banks, meal services, and nutritional/cooking programs in underserved areas.
Need snapshot: In the US, 41 million people are food insecure. 1 in 6 children are food insecure. These statistics are also tethered to homelessness. A single night of national reporting in 2017 revealed that there were an estimated 553,742 homeless individuals in the US. Another key statistic that informs our philanthropy: 7.4 of every 10,000 families are homeless.
Sources: Feeding America, National Coalition to End Homelessness
EDUCATION & CHILDREN
One of our early service projects was to gather and distribute school supplies to a fourth grade class in Winthrop, MA. Once we met the teacher, we were in. And once we read the kids' thank you notes? Hook, line, and sinker. Teachers are spending more and more out-of-pocket money on supplies. Schools, depending on zip code, are under-resourced. Let’s work together to level the playing field. Through donations of time and money, Degrees can help.
Need snapshot: In the Boston Public Schools, 58.3 of students are economically disadvantaged. Nationwide, 1 in 5 kids lives in poverty. 1.2 million children received an afterschool supper in 2017.
Sources: MA Dept. of Education, National Center for Children in Poverty, Food Research & Action Center
There are approximately 1.3 million active military personnel in the United States. They risk their lives keeping us safe; their families face unique, difficult challenges. Degrees welcomes home returning servicemen and women with a gratis oil tank fill-up—-a most sincere thank you for your service and an extra-special Gesture of Good Fill. We also love being a part of the Marines' Toys for Tots Program, as we do our part to aid in its distribution of 18 million toys to 7 million kids, annually.
Need snapshot: ~40,000 homeless veterans (2016 point-in-time count) in the United States. Kids in military families will move six to nine times during their K-12 years.
Sources: endhomelessness.org, US Dept. of Defense