This is one of the cooler charity projects I’ve seen. It’s a project that allows homeless shelters and food kitchens to give free voicemail boxes to homeless people. It’s great to see people who’ve actually looked at the problems of the homeless and come up with a solution that addresses a real problem that faces homeless people who are trying to get back on their feet. How can you get a job, when you don’t have a telephone number to put on the application?
This also points out the importance of providing basic infrastructure to the economically disadvantaged. I often hear these arguments like “why are we giving [insert your favorite hi-tech item here] to poor people, when what they really need is food!” Sure they need food, but maybe the reason they’re hungry is that they don’t access to the infrastructure necessary to feed themselves. A smart analysis might yield items that are actually more important than food itself. “Teach a man to fish…” and all that. Cool.