Together with Reliant Talent We're Providing 1,000 Packs in Nashville
CITYPAK is partnering with Reliant Talent Agency to distribute 1000 custom-made packs at four outreach events in Tennessee. The initiative, taking place between April 30 and May 2, will see the packs distributed to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or in housing transition.
Each event will be hosted by local non-profit organizations that help to serve neighbors in need year-round. In addition, Bombas has donated 2000 socks to be included with the distributions.
- Sunday, April 30, with ShowerUp at "Old Tent City" in Nashville from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Monday, May 1, with People Loving Nashville at War Memorial Plaza in Nashville from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 2, with The Bridge Ministry at a Jefferson Street Bridge from 5pm-6:15pm.
- Plus, throughout late April and early May, there will be an effort with YAIPak Outreach to serve vulnerable people and communities in Tennessee's rural areas.
CITYPAK was launched in 2012 by music industry executive and Reliant Talent Agent Ron Kaplan, to provide custom-designed backpacks to those who are unhoused. The organization has since provided over 95,000 backpacks in more than 150 cities across the U.S. and around the world. The innovative packs feature an integrated poncho, reflectors, anti-theft loops, and special pockets to protect personal items from the elements, providing added safety, security, and mobility for the user.
While CITYPAK manufacturing partner High Sierra (Samsonite) provides the PAKs at cost, CITYPAK must raise money through donations to cover production and shipping. CITYPAK’s ongoing success is made possible by SBK Foundation (Selma Breskin Kaplan Foundation), founded by the Kaplan family and CITYPAK’s biggest donor to date, and other philanthropic institutions, private donors, and individuals.
“I’m so grateful for this opportunity for Reliant Talent and CITYPAK to make a meaningful impact on the Nashville community, and am humbled to be partnering with some amazing local organizations that are doing important work year-round to serve neighbors in need,” said Kaplan. “By providing custom-designed backpacks to the un-housed, we hope to improve the quality of life for those in need, and to promote dignity in homelessness - one PAK at a time.”
Among the volunteers signed up to distribute homeless packs, are some of the staff members from Reliant Talent.
To learn more about CITYPAK and to get involved in this initiative, visit www.citypak.org/donate.