Who: Community SleepOUT events are planned and organized by individuals, school or church groups, clubs or associations, corporations or any other interested group in Ottawa.
What: A Community SleepOUT is just like YSB’s flagship event in the fall except it is planned and run by you! Find a location, get your team together, arrange some refreshments and entertainment, raise funds and have fun! Build fundraising momentum for your Community SleepOUT by running supporting events to hype up your target donors and build team spirit with fellow sleepers. Here are some popular ideas or check out this A-Z Fundraising article:
|· Anything-a-thon (dance, spin, walk, etc.)
· Bake sale
· Fashion show
· Trivia night
· Coffee house
· Scavenger hunt
· Silent Auction
|· Games night
· Magic show
· Paint-in night
· Car wash
· Pancake breakfast
· The possibilities are endless so get creative!
When: The Community SleepOUT can take place anytime, but if your event will be held outside, make sure to plan it for a time when the weather will not be too harsh to sleep in a tent and sleeping bag. For best results, start planning as early as possible and spread the word!
Where: A Community SleepOUT can be held in any space with enough capacity for your sleepers. Consider your local community centre, school gym or park (make sure to check if you will need a permit) or even a team member’s backyard or cottage. Decide if your event will be rain-or-shine and develop a bad weather back-up plan, if needed.
Why: You want to contribute to helping young people in Ottawa. Maybe you’ve had a meaningful experience with YSB or have heard about the important work we do and want to support Ottawa’s homeless and at-risk youth. See the “Why fundraise” tab for more details.