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Important COVID-19 Sleep Out Update

To ensure everyone’s safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic, our Sleep Out: Women Unite Edition has been moved to Friday, May 29th. While we had originally hoped that moving the date would allow us to host this event in Newark, we have determined that for everyone’s safety it would be best to hold it virtually.

Below you will find the links for you to join us live for an engaging program via your computer or smart phone. You are encouraged to sleep outside at your home or in your car. This Sleep Out will help us keep our doors open and our programs running. Today we need your help more than ever. Please reach out to your family and friends to ask for support for your Sleep Out. The kids are counting on you. 

Why is fundraising more important now than ever?

To ensure that we can meet the needs of our young people, we raise 87% of our budget from supporters just like yourself. We have learned that government funds come with strings that often dictate the ways and the duration of care we can provide to our young people. Additionally, this funding cannot always be relied on to be available. To ensure we are able to consistently meet the needs of the incredible young people we serve, we have determined it is necessary to raise the funds we need. 

COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in us having to alter all of our fundraising plans for this spring. These events provide a substantial amount of the money we use to provide safe housing, food, clothing, and other critical resources for our young people. 

COVID-19 pandemic has also increased our costs for cleaning our facilities, food, youth activities, and other protection equipment needed to keep our staff and youth safe. 

Sleep Out

How can I participate?

1. Register to Sleep Out

Participants in the Sleep Out: Women Unite Edition must:

By registering to Sleep Out you are agreeing to sacrifice your own comfortable bed for one night and choosing to sleep outside so that homeless youth won’t have to.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE SLEEP OUT: WOMEN UNITE EDITION

For event questions please contact Janette Scrozzo at 973-286-3544 or JScrozzo@CovenantHouse.org. For help with registration or other technical questions please contact ToniMarie DiPietro at 973-286-3425 or TDipietro@CovenantHouse.org.

2. Encourage others to join you in sleeping out.  

If you want, you can even create a team page and invite friends, family, and co-workers to join (just remember that all participants must be registered).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE SLEEP OUT: WOMEN UNITE EDITION

3. Fundraise

The Sleep Out is a unique experience that we hope encourages awareness, empathy, and understanding for the immeasurable odds that homeless young people overcome. But while awareness of a problem is important, it isn’t a solution.

We ask Sleep Out participants to raise critical funds that allow Covenant House New Jersey to offer safety, shelter, and support to homeless young people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  By fundraising, Sleep Out participants become part of the solution for homeless teenagers.

Right now we need your help more than ever. There has never been a greater need or a better time to support the Covenant House community.

CLICK HERE TO THE FUNDRAISE FOR SLEEP OUT: WOMEN UNITE EDITION

4. Share on Social Media

Please share that you are sleeping out with Covenant House New Jersey on our Facebook event page and your own Social Media pages including Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. 

Take photos and post on social. Be sure to tag @CovenantHouseNJ and use #CHSleepOut.

We need to grow our circle around our young people larger as there are more and more young people who need our help.

Keep fundraising! When you’re posting on social media, include your fundraising link. Send out another email to family and friends. Share the stories of the young people you met in the videos you watched.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO FACEBOOK EVENT

5. Prepare to Sleep Out

On Friday, May 29th, we will host our Sleep Out: Women Unite Edition from our homes. To do this we ask you to join us via Zoom. (You do not need a Zoom account to participate.) You should test out your connection to our Zoom Meeting no later than Thursday, May 28th

CLICK HERE TO TEST YOUR ZOOM ROOM CONNECTION

Locate a sleeping bag and cardboard to lay under your sleeping bag. 

Share what you are doing on our Facebook Event page and your social media accounts.

For event questions please contact Janette Scrozzo at 973-286-3544 or JScrozzo@Covenanthouse.org. For help with registration or other technical questions please contact ToniMarie DiPietro at 973-286-3425 or TDipietro@covenanthouse.org.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO FACEBOOK EVENT

6. Join our Virtual Sleep Out: Women Unite Event – Friday, May 29th

Please join us for our Virtual Sleep Out: Women Unite Edition on Friday, May 29th at 8 pm.

We have planned an inspiring virtual program for you all. It will be an opportunity to hear from our kids and staff and be in solidarity with the thousands of kids that call CHNJ home. 

All evenings activities will be conducted through our Zoom meeting. (You do not need a Zoom account to participate.) We ask that you join us with video so we can all see each other. 

CLICK HERE FRIDAY AT 8 PM TO JOIN THE SLEEP OUT PROGRAM

If you cannot join with video, you can call into the meeting by calling 1-929-436-2866. When prompted enter the Zoom Meeting ID: 975 5441 4012.

For event questions please contact Janette Scrozzo at 973-286-3544 or JScrozzo@Covenanthouse.org. For help with registration or other technical questions please contact ToniMarie DiPietro at 973-286-3425 or TDipietro@covenanthouse.org.

7. Sleep Out – Friday, May 29th

At about 9:30 pm Friday, May 29th all the sleepers will head outside to SLEEP OUT. Because this is a virtual Sleep Out you will sleep out at your home, in your backyard, your porch or your car. Please take photos and post on social media. Be sure to tag @covenanthousenj and use #CHSleepOut.  Don’t forget to go live on Facebook or Instagram to show your donors what you are doing!

Keep fundraising! When you’re posting on social media, include your fundraising link. Send out another email to family and friends. Share the stories of the young people you met in the videos you watched. Every dollar counts!

8. Join our Morning Reflection – Saturday, May 30th

On Saturday, May 30th at 8:00 am we will gather together for a time of reflection on our experience. We get together at this time because it is the time a homeless youth would have to wakeup and get moving.

We will gather virtually in the same Zoom Meeting room we used last night. 

CLICK HERE SATURDAY AT 8 AM TO JOIN THE MORNING REFLECTION

If you cannot join with video you can call into the meeting by calling 1-929-436-2866. When prompted enter the Zoom Meeting ID: 975 5441 4012.

For event questions please contact Janette Scrozzo at 973-286-3544 or JScrozzo@Covenanthouse.org. For help with registration or other technical questions please contact ToniMarie DiPietro at 973-286-3425 or TDipietro@covenanthouse.org.

9. After the Sleep Out

As you resume your life on Saturday, May 30th, you are likely to struggle a bit with fatigue. Imagine how it would be to go day after day sleeping on the street. That is what our young people face. This makes it difficult for them to maintain employment and complete schoolwork.

You are encouraged to continue fundraising and donations will be recorded on your site up to July 10th, 2020. This is a great opportunity to reflect on your experience with your family, friends, and co-workers. 

After some rest please find time to thank your donors. Share a story and photo of your Sleep Out, and let them know how much you appreciate their support.  Our team will be in touch with opportunities to attend an upcoming Sleep Out in person. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sleeping out for our young people!


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