September 27, 2016 by mitchellcohen
Corinne Hindes and Katrine Kirsebom are on a mission to make a difference in the lives of the homeless. They are members of our GlobeChangers program, an incubator for young social entrepreneurs that multiplies their impact through mentorship, training, and a strong support network. Below they share how they got started, the impact they’ve made, and what they’ve learned along the way.
“Under the direction of the Jefferson Awards GlobeChangers Program and with mentorship from Sam Beard, we were able to expand from 2 ski resorts and 1 homeless shelter to 32 ski resorts in 12 states”
When we were 11 years old, we saw a homeless man on the streets of our home town wearing nothing but a t-shirt and a pair of ripped jeans on what was by far the coldest day of the year. We were heartbroken, and knew that we had to find a way help this man and others like him living on the streets. We started Warm Winters in 2011, working with a couple ski resorts in the Tahoe area to collect warm clothes from their lost and founds and donate the items to our local homeless community. In 2012, Warm Winters won a regional Jefferson Award, and our lives completely changed. Under the direction of the Jefferson Awards Globe Changers Program and with mentorship from Sam Beard, we were able to expand from 2 ski resorts and 1 homeless shelter to 32 ski resorts in 12 states, working with over 500 youth volunteers over the course of 5 years. To this day, we have donated more than 32,000 articles of warm clothes to 22,000 homeless across America. We also have had the opportunity to participate in some pretty incredible events, such as We Day, where we were given the chance to speak in front of 16,000 youth at the LA forum for We Day April 2016. It was such an empowering and inspiring experience, and we couldn’t have gotten there without the help of the Jefferson Awards Foundation. Over the years, we have learned that it’s really not that hard to give back. Doing even the simplest of things, such as sharing a smile or asking someone how their day was, can truly make a difference. As we like to say, “You don’t have to change the whole world in a day, but you can change SOMEONE’S whole world today”.
To learn more about Warm Winters visit www.warm-winters.org.