Plan a safe sleep out (or in)

community sleep out or inCommunity Sleep Out (or in) – Saturday, Nov. 14

The Sleep Out started 25 years ago with one man in a tent. Shoebob Fisher started the Sleep Out which is now a community tradition. This year, be like Bob and sleep out (or in) to help tap into the transformative power of collective compassion. Join hundreds of community members who are doing the same (safely) with family and friends. Following safety guidelines, we’ll tap into our collective power to support our neighbors hit hardest by the pandemic.

How to organize a sleep out (or in) during the pandemic

Gather safely with neighbors, family or friends in your “bubble” for a sleep out (or in) to raise awareness and funds to prevent homelessness for local families. As part of Interfaith Outreach’s annual Sleep Out campaign (Nov. 1-Dec. 31), you can play a valuable role in raising awareness about needs in the areas of family support, food, housing and neighborhoods, education and youth, employment, and transportation in our community. Funds raised will help nearly 2,000 local families stabilize and strengthen.

There are two ways to participate with people in your “bubble.” Decide whether you want to sleep outside for the night or inside on couches and floors, and then follow the buttons below for resources and tips! Of course, safety first – please be sure to follow the current “Stay Safe in Social Gatherings” protocol from the state of MN.

Incorporate a service project into your sleep out (or in)

Some groups and families enjoy completing an “at home” service project together before their sleep out (or in)! Here are four great options that will benefit the families, seniors and kids who visit Interfaith Outreach.

During/after your sleep out (or in)

  • Collect funds raised. Cash and checks can be turned into Interfaith Outreach with the name and phone number of the Sleep Out organizer/coordinator on the front of the envelope. It’s best to turn in any donations by Thursday, Nov. 19 so they can be DOUBLED and counted as part of our Give to the Max Day match total! We do accept Sleep Out donations through Dec. 31, 2020. To make your donation go even farther, check to see if your employer will match it.
  • Post pictures, videos or stories from your experience on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn and tag Interfaith Outreach! Use the hashtags #SleepOut25years and #BeLikeBobChallenge to check out your fellow community members who are also sleeping out (or in).

If you do not have access to social media channels but want to share your photos and stories, email them to Sara Kamholz at skamholz@iocp.org. Thank you!

 

Thank You to Our Sleep Out Corporate Sponsors