The Youth Services Bureau’s (YSB) Community SleepOUT is a unique opportunity for your community, school, church or other group to hold a fundraising event in support of youth housing programs in Ottawa. Community leaders will organize their own version of our signature SleepOUT event, fundraise, and spend a night outside at the location of their choice (we're thinking a park, community centre, school gym, or other central spot). All funds raised from these incredible events will go to support YSB’s programs and services that directly benefit and house homeless youth in our community.
The annual YSB SleepOUT for Youth is an experiential fundraiser unlike any other in the Ottawa area. For six years in a row, hundreds of young community leaders, along with philanthropic corporate teams have slept outside for one night in cold conditions in late Fall, to raise money and awareness around the issue of youth homelessness. In 2017, fundraisers and community leaders just like you helped us surpass our ambitious fundraising goal of $250,000! Did you miss our most recent SleepOUT and want to join the movement? Maybe you had so much fun and want to host your own? For the first time ever, you can!
The goal for the 2018 SleepOUT movement is to have 1,000 individuals take part overall. This is a symbolic number, reflecting the more than 1,000 young people who find themselves homeless in Ottawa each year. To help realize this goal, we are proud to introduce our Community SleepOUT! By hosting your very own SleepOUT, you’re helping to end youth homelessness in Ottawa once and for all.
See the "Plan your event" tab for more details on how to get started.