Sleep Out: Boston
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2023 - Friday, November 17, 2023
Venue: Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Pl, Foxborough, MA 02035
Event Coordinator: Jean Marie Sonni, [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions
What is expected of each Sleeper?
Sleep Out asks you to have an open heart, an open mind, and a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone. In return, it promises a life-changing experience.
For this event, all Sleepers must:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Work towards a fundraising goal of at least $500
If you have questions about these expectations, please contact Jean Marie Sonni at [email protected].
If you want to Sleep Out but cannot attend this event for any reason, consider sleeping out virtually. This is an excellent option if you would like to participate from home or with children and can't make it to the in-person event.
What happens at the event?
Sleep Out is an immersive experience that offers opportunities to learn from experts on the front lines of ending youth homelessness, connect with your colleagues or community, and hear from people who have overcome homelessness. The tone ranges from moments of celebration and inspiration to solidarity and reflection. An event schedule can be found here.
Where does the money raised for Sleep Out go?
Directly to Covenant House, where it is put to work caring for youth overcoming homelessness and advocating for policies that improve the lives of young people everywhere. Funds raised by Sleepers are put to use right away to help keep the lights on and the doors open for the young people who come to our shelter each year. Sleepers also help fund vital services like medical care, legal assistance, education opportunities, vocational training, and therapeutic services that young people need to build stable, sustainable futures, and advocacy initiatives that work to advance issues like foster care reform, funding of transitional housing, and trafficking prevention.
Why do I have to fundraise? How much do I need to raise?
Sleep Out is a unique experience that encourages awareness, empathy, and understanding for the immeasurable odds that youth experiencing homelessness face. But while awareness of a problem is important, it isn't a solution.
Sleep Out raises critical funds that allow Covenant House to offer 24/7 safety, shelter, and support to young people overcoming homelessness. By fundraising, Sleepers become part of the solution for youth facing homelessness.
For Sleep Out: Boston, we ask each Sleeper to work towards a goal of $500. If you start or join a team, your shared goal will be equivalent to your combined individual goals (e.g. 3 people on a team x $500 = $1,500 goal), but you can use your team fundraising page to work collectively towards reaching it.
If you're nervous about fundraising, reach out! Our team is here to support you every step of the way. Contact Jean Marie Sonni at [email protected] to speak with a fundraising coach or visit our Fundraising Center for a step-by-step guide, sample messages, and shareable content. Fundraising can be daunting — it's part of the commitment you make to step outside your comfort zone when you decide to Sleep Out — but you are never in it alone.
If you're looking for a Sleep Out with a smaller fundraising goal, consider starting your own where you can set a goal that feels right for you.
I received some cash and check donations. What should I do with them?
You can add cash or check donations to your page through your Participant Dashboard:
- Log into your account
- Hover over the "Donations" icon in your dashboard or tap 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
To mail a check, please send the Offline Donation Form and check to Covenant House, Attn: Boston Sleep Out, 461 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Be sure you include your name in a note or the memo line.