‘Spare Change Meters’ off to slow start in Manchester
“We had averaged about $100 per month up until the cold and snow arrived,” said Sherman. “The last two months it’s dropped to about half that, and I think it’s due to less people being out and about in the cold weather. I still consider it a success, as even $1,000 over a years’ time can provide dinner in our soup kitchen for a couple hundred people.”
The electronic readouts on the meters have been dismantled, and they have been reconfigured to accept even pennies. The first $260 in donations will be used to reimburse the city for installation of the meters, and all donations received after that benefits New Horizons.
“In Denver, their meter program was launched in 2007 and raises over $100,000 for homeless programs in that city,” said Sherman.
“The meters still need to have better signage to let people know about the program,” said Sherman. “It is my hope that we will get that done in the spring, and that should help raise the amount donated. I often hear people comment about the meters and the art work on them, but they aren’t aware of why they are there.”firstname.lastname@example.org
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