Everything you need to know about Sleep Out: Atlantic City Community Edition

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 - Saturday, November 14, 2020
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 AM
Location: In your own backyard, deck, porch, or car! 

Event Coordinator: Jen Williams
Phone: 609-348-1421 x2238
Email: [email protected] 

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to participate in the Sleep Out?
Participants in the Sleep Out: Atlantic City Community Edition must be:

  • You are at least 12 years of age. 
  • You are committed to the mission and spirit of this event.       
  • Adults ages 23 and above should strive to raise at least $2,500 while youth ages 12-22 should strive to raise $300 in support of homeless young people leading up to the event, using the online portal provided.

What is expected of each participant?
We expect participants to approach the event with an open heart, an open mind, and a willingness to work hard for something outside of your comfort zone. All participants are required to fundraise before the event, but you’re not on your own. Our team provides coaching, materials, and support to help you reach your goal.

I want to Sleep Out. What’s my next step?
Register online, or contact us at [email protected] or 609-948-1421 ext 2238.

Why do I have to fundraise? And how much do I need to raise?
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 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.

For this event, we ask adult participants to work towards a $2,500 fundraising goal and youth participants to work towards a $300 fundraising goal (see FAQ above).  We know you can do it - getting started is as easy as sending an email - and our team is available every step of the way to provide the tips, materials, and guidance you need to reach your goal.

Can a friend or family member Sleep Out with me?
Yes, so long as they meet the eligibility requirements listed above and register for the event in advance. If you want, you can even create a team page and invite friends, family, and co-workers to join (just remember that all attendees must be registered). Please contact us at [email protected] or 609-948-1421 ext 2238 with any questions.

How do I participate in a virtual event?
On Friday, November 13th, we will host our Sleep Out: Atlantic City Community Edition from our homes. To do this we ask you to join us via Zoom. (You do not need a Zoom account to participate.) The Zoom link will be sent to registered participants prior to the event. Please test out your connection to our Zoom Meeting no later than Thursday, November 12th.  

Next, locate a sleeping bag and find a spot to Sleep Out. This can be in your backyard, deck, porch, or car! 

I received some donations in cash and checks. What do I do with them?
You can add cash or check donations to your page through your Participant Dashboard. Once logged into your account, hover over the “Donations” icon in the black menu at the top of your screen and click the option to “Add an Offline Donation.”  Scroll down to find and complete the Offline Donation Form. Once all the information is entered (please be as complete as possible!), click the button to “Add Donation” at the bottom of the form.

Once you have entered the gift, you can either bring the donations with you to the Sleep Out or mail to our office (be sure to include your name in a note or the Memo line!):

Covenant House Atlantic City
Attn: Sleep Out AC
227 N. South Carolina Avenue 
Atlantic, NJ 08401