Covenant House supporters around the world are putting purpose to their passions by supporting homeless and trafficked youth in their own way and at their own pace. Need inspiration? Find it from the featured campaigns below or skim our favorite seasonal ideas.
Julie, a parent in suburban Georgia who, along with her husband and some neighbors, created a local group for their tween sons and their friends called, “It’s Not All About Me” to make a positive impact on their community. The group decided to take on the Sleep Out Challenge and spend one night sleeping outside so homeless kids don’t have to. They spread the word about their challenge, and raised over $500 for Covenant House. On the night of the Sleep Out, Julie gathered the kids for a simple meal (PB&J sandwiches) and set the stage, explaining that the night was about becoming advocates for homeless kids. Several parents volunteered to drive the boys to a few big box stores where they asked for their own cardboard boxes to sleep on. The boys also went door to door and invited neighbors to a candlelight vigil in the front yard, and as the sun set, the kids set up their “beds” in the backyard. They each brought a jacket, but no blankets, pillows, or sleeping bags. No additional food was offered during the night, even when the boys requested snacks. No one slept much that night, and by 5:30am when she asked if they were ready to get up, she got a resounding YES! They discussed how the night felt, and left with a new awareness of what homeless kids go through.
The Dunk N' Donate Charity Basketball Tournament was started by youth for youth! The tournament was a huge success - bring together 8 teams who raised over $3,000 dollars from registration fees and donations - but it was what happened after that was surprising and special. The tournament caught the attention of a local newspaper, who published an article about the group’s efforts. Someone who read the article was so inspired that they decided to hold a Zumbathon to support the basketball tournament and Covenant House, raising an additional $1,625! It’s amazing to watch what can happen when people set out to do good, and we’re so grateful to have been a part of it! Check out the Dunk N’ Donate campaign here - and stay tuned! They’ll be back next year to do it all again.
Sara attended a charity event at a new club in her area and immediately knew she wanted to host a similar style party for Covenant House, a charity she knew about from a family member. She put together a small committee of like-minded friends and together they planned a “FundRager.” They shared their fundraising page on social media before the event and at the party they had several revenue generating activities – drink specials, games, and contests – all of which added to their fundraising total.