OATHS, or the Organization Assisting the Homeless Student, holds it 4th annual fundraiser at both Westside Drive-In locations on State Street and ParkCenter on Sunday, May 4. OATHS volunteers, mostly students from local high schools, will be on site, collecting donations. The organization is also buying a free meal for homeless students.
OATHS, started a few years ago by then-Bishop Kelly student Ben Skinner, has since raised over 100,000 and helped over 1000 homeless students from over 50 schools in Idaho by providing computers, calculators, musical instruments, sports equipment, art supplies and much more for kids in need. Skinner now attends Georgetown University, where he has started a Washington, D.C. branch of OATHS.
OATHS has also helped local organizations. The group bought new computers for the learning center at the City Light Shelter for Women and Children and for the Corpus Christi House Step-Ip Education Center. The group also paid for students to attend the Cooking Matters program on nutrition. In 2013, the group also purchased a school bus for the Boise Rescue Mission. The bus will allow the shelter to transport up to 50 homeless students to places like the YMCA, Boise Art Museum, Discovery Center of Idaho, Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Idaho State Historical Museum, Idaho Black History Museum, Old Penitentiary Site, Zoo Boise, Boise Public Libraries!, Boise City Pools, and anywhere else that might enhance their educational experiences.
Kudos to OATHS.
On another community note, Trinity Community gardeners are hosting an interfaith Blessing of Community Gardens, 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 4 at the Trinity home plot at Midland and Lone Star Road in Nampa.
The group will caravan to Trinity’s St. Phocas Garden (near the old Bingo Hall), Grace Episcopal Church, College Church of the Nazarene, Seventh-day Adventist Church Nampa and end with a reception at First Church of the Nazarene.
Each congregation is choosing a passage of scripture and an additional reading to share. Participants will receive a gift of seeds to keep them connected to the garden ministries throughout the growing season.