November 29, 2022 – San Diego, CA – The Lucky Duck Foundation’s Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign will raise money to provide more than 3,000 Empowerment Plan coats, which transform into sleeping bags to provide critical protection and warmth from the elements to unsheltered homeless San Diegans. And, every donation will be tripled thanks to matching donations provided by the San Diego Foundation and the San Diego Padres Foundation. The sleeping bag coats will be distributed to unsheltered women, children, and veterans.
“As winter approaches, these coats immediately benefit those suffering from homelessness by providing warmth and protection from the elements. But these coats and sleeping bags are no substitute for real shelter,” said Drew Moser, Executive Director of the Lucky Duck Foundation. “We call on local elected officials to use vacant and underutilized government buildings for shelter and permanent housing. In the meantime, the least we can do is help alleviate the suffering of homelessness with these coats, and, we thank the San Diego Foundation & the Padres for their significant support.”
The weather-resistant coats are made by Empowerment Plan, a social enterprise nonprofit based in Detroit that hires homeless parents to do the manufacturing while providing them with case management and other support services. The coats fold out into a sleeping bag, can be worn as a shoulder bag, and are made from recycled and donated materials. Each coat costs $150, meaning every $50 donation will provide one coat after the Padres and San Diego Foundation provide their dollar-for-dollar match.
“We are pleased to support this critical effort and the work of the Lucky Duck Foundation by matching all Giving Tuesday donations. Homeless is at the top of the list of San Diego’s most pressing social issues. These coats provide lifesaving protection and warmth while our region works on housing availability and affordability,” said Mark Stuart, CEO of the San Diego Foundation.
“We have great respect for the impactful work of the Lucky Duck Foundation, Home Start, and Veterans Village. We are happy to partner with the Lucky Duck Foundation to provide matching funds and distribute more of these warm coats to women, children, and veterans suffering from homelessness,” said Tom Seidler, President, Padres Foundation.
To view the coat and support this initiative, please visit: luckyduckfoundation.org/provide-sleeping-bag-coats
About the Lucky Duck Foundation
Since 2005, The Lucky Duck Foundation (LDF) has raised funds and awareness for numerous charitable causes throughout San Diego. In 2017, due to the growing homelessness epidemic, LDF pivoted to focus on providing aid and relief for individuals and families suffering from homelessness. Since then, LDF and its co-founders, Pat & Stephanie Kilkenny, have funded, activated, and led several high-impact programs that alleviate the suffering of homelessness throughout San Diego County, including bridge shelters, employment and job training, research, permanent supportive housing, outreach, and more. Originally called the AGIA Foundation (Arrowhead General Insurance Agency), the name was changed to the Lucky Duck Foundation to honor the Kilkenny family’s Irish heritage and as a nod to their love of the University of Oregon. The premise is simple: if you have had some good luck and fortune in your life, share your luck with those less fortunate. And, all donations are matched by Pat & Stephanie, up to $1.5 million per year.
About Empowerment Plan
Empowerment Plan is a Detroit-based nonprofit dedicated to serving the homeless community by hiring single parents, mainly low-income minority single mothers, from local shelters and training them to become full-time seamstresses. Their production team manufactures weather-resistant coats that transform into sleeping bags that are distributed globally to those experiencing homelessness. Since 2012 Empowerment Plan has created 100 jobs, distributed 65,000 coats globally, impacted 300 children, and helped 100% of their employees move out of the shelter.
For media inquiries, contact Drew Moser: email@example.com, (619) 417-1149