Sample Emails

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Donation Appeal
Donation Appeal - Alternative
Donation Appeal - Returning Participants
Donation Appeal - Reminder
Thank You Note

Donation Appeal

Subject Line: I’m sleeping on the street.

On INSERT EVENT DATE, I am sleeping on the street in EVENT CITY as a participant in the Covenant House Sleep Out. For this one night, I’ll trade my bed for a piece of cardboard and a sleeping bag on the ground.

Sounds crazy, right? Not nearly as crazy as this: nearly 2,000 homeless kids will turn to Covenant House for help each night. I’ve joined a group of people who want to do something about it.

We’re going to spend a night at the Covenant House shelter with a group of kids that live there. We’ll hear their stories, and learn how they’re making new lives for themselves. And at midnight, when the kids go to sleep in their warm beds, we will head outside with our cardboard boxes.

We’re sleeping outside for one night, so homeless kids don’t have to. Help me help kids by making a donation on my fundraising page. INSERT PERSONAL URL

Donation Appeal - Alternative

Subject Line: I’m helping homeless kids - will you?

I’ve joined the Covenant House Sleep Out movement, and on INSERT EVENT DATE will spend the night sleeping on the streets of EVENT CITY so that homeless kids don’t have to.

This isn’t about pretending to be homeless. It’s an act of solidarity and a demonstration to homeless young people that we care - showing them that we will not stay indoors while so many kids remain outside.

One night can make a difference. As part of my Sleep Out, I’m raising funds and awareness for Covenant House, an organization that provides shelter, safety, and support to homeless and trafficked youth. The money we raise is put to work immediately, helping keep the lights on and the doors open for every young person who seeks help this year.

I’ve set an ambitious fundraising goal, and I can’t reach it without you. Please consider supporting my efforts by making a donation to my Sleep Out. INSERT PERSONAL URL

Donation Appeal - Return Participants

Subject Line: I’m Sleeping Out (yes, again!)

I'm going to spend another night sleeping on the street in in EVENT CITY so homeless kids don't have to.

Unlike the 4.2 million kids in America who will face homelessness this year, I won't be alone and I won't be unsafe. I'm once again joining an amazing group of people for EVENT NAME, raising funds and awareness for Covenant House. In case you haven't heard it from me enough times, Covenant House is an amazing place - it provides safe shelter and wrap-around social services, including education and job training, to homeless and trafficked youth so they can move forward into independence and self-sufficiency.

In total, I have spent INSERT # nights on the street for Covenant House. The kids who come through their doors are normal teenagers in so many ways - they're funny, they're listening to music I've never heard of, they're getting their first jobs - but they are also some of the most resilient people you will ever meet.

As hard as it can be to ask you - my friends and family - for money year after year, it's nothing compared to what these kids are overcoming and accomplishing every day. Life has thrown every hurdle and curveball at them, yet they have hope and optimism. They persevere and persist, and Covenant House is there to encourage them every step of the way.

Please consider making a donation again this year. I am so grateful for your continued support, and couldn’t do it without you. INSERT PERSONAL URL

Donation Appeal - Reminder

Subject Line: My Sleep Out is coming up!

In X DAYS, I’m sleeping on the street so homeless kids don’t have to.

I’m trying to raise $X AMOUNT REMAINING before I meet the kids at Covenant House on INSERT EVENT DATE. These funds go directly to Covenant House, an organization that provides food, shelter, safety, and essential support services to homeless and trafficked young people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Covenant House is more than just a shelter - they show each young person absolute respect and unconditional love, and work with them to create a plan that helps them move from homelessness to independence.

Please make a donation in support my Sleep Out today. No matter the amount, the value of it to these kids who have so little is enormous. Because it’s more than what the money provides - it’s a symbol that you care. INSERT PERSONAL URL

Thank You Note

Subject Line: Thank You!

Thank you so much for your donation in support of my Sleep Out, and investing in the kids at Covenant House. Your gift helps provide young people with the comforts of home that make life at Covenant House in the shelter feel safe, and for an incredible amount of care and love from the staff. Thank you.

Thank you also for helping me get one step closer to my fundraising goal for the Sleep Out! I’m so grateful for your support, and know I couldn’t do it without you.

Wish me luck on INSERT EVENT DATE! I can’t wait to tell you all about my experience.

With gratitude,

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