Everything you need to know about Sleep Out: Women Unite Virtual Edition

Date: May 29, 2020
Time: 8:00 PM - 7:00 AM
Location: From the comfort of your own home, backyard or porch! 

Event Coordinator: ToniMarie DiPietro
Phone: 973-286-3425
Email: [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to participate in the Sleep Out?
Participants in the Sleep Out: Women Unite Edition must be:

  • Between the ages of 23 and older
  • Commit to raising awareness about the issue of youth homelessness
  • Do her best to raise funds to support our young people. While in years past our suggested fundraising goal was $2,000, today we ask that you do the best you can to raise support to care for our young people during a time when there is so much need.

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 973-286-3425.

Why do I have to fundraise?

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 New Jersey 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.

Right now we need your help more than ever. There has never been a greater need or a better time to support the Covenant House community.

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 973-286-3425 with any questions.

How do I participate in a virtual Sleep Out?

On Friday, May 29th, we will host our Sleep Out: Women Unite 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, May 28th.  

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

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 mail the donation(s) to our office (be sure to include your name in a note or the Memo line!):

Covenant House New Jersey Attn: SO:WU
330 Washington Street Newark New Jersey 07102