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What’s New with Sleep Out Saturday?

October 8, 2009

53 Groups and 16 Stars Have Already Registered!

Sleep Out Saturday is the flagship fundraising event for Bridge Communities.  Visit our website at www.sleepoutsaturday.org for more information regarding this unique event!  The goals for this event are threefold:

¨      Raise funds for the Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing Program

¨      Raise public awareness concerning family homelessness in our community

¨      Build empathy for those in need

How Does It Work?

Church and community groups from throughout DuPage County gather to experience homelessness for just one night.  Coupled with the experience of sleeping in cars, tents and boxes, participants utilize fun, educational activities that bring awareness to how and why family homelessness occurs.  You can register to become a group at:   www.sleepoutsaturday.org.

What If You Don’t Have A Group?

You do not need to be affiliated with a group to participate in Sleep Out Saturday!  You may register yourself or family as Sleep Out “Stars”.  Once registered, you will have access to online resources to help you plan your event and activities.  Sleep outside on your front lawn or driveway, post a SOS yard sign and/or attend the event Rally!  Age appropriate activities and curriculum are provided in the resource materials to make it a great event for young and old!

The Rally

Everyone is invited to attend the Sleep Out Saturday Event Rally, 6:30 – 8:00 pm in downtown Glen Ellyn.  101.9fm The Mix will be there!  Following the Rally, return to your site to participate in activities and “sleep out”!

Fundraising

Participants are asked to collect pledges (similar to charity walks/runs).  Fundraising is easy!  Whether it is door to door, through your congregation or organization or friends/families, all you need to do is “ask”!  We accept credit card online donations as well!  Last year, participants raised $120,000!  The fundraising goal for this year is $130,000!  Help us reach or goal and help provide hope to families in crisis!

Contact Lisa Hedrick, Sleep Out Saturday Event Coordinator, at 630/545-0610 x19 or lisa.hedrick@bridgecommunities.org for more information.

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