FAQs

Who is eligible to participate?

Become a champion and join a group of dynamic professionals and community members helping young people experiencing homelessness. We encourage individuals and teams of people who are comfortable reaching out to their networks and advocating for youth in need.

What will the Sleep Out look like?

Each participant will give up the comforts of their bed for one night to provide many nights of safety at Covenant House Vancouver. Participants will Sleep Out with nothing more than a piece of cardboard and a sleeping bag.

The safety of our participants, youth, staff, and volunteers is our first and foremost concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently reviewing best practice for hosting this event safely, while also providing the best Sleep Out experience possible. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.

What is expected of participants?

Participants are challenged to each raise $2,000 in critical funds and increase awareness for Covenant House Vancouver and our Programs.

All participants are required to fundraise. Fundraising is made easy with your own personal fundraising page and fundraising tools to reach out to your networks.

What if I have never fundraised before?

From the moment you register, the Sleep Out team is available to help you. Visit our Fundraising Toolkit and Social Media Guide for content, images, and ideas to help kickstart your fundraising. In the weeks leading up to the event, you will also receive emails with fundraising tips, copy-and-paste content and information to help you.

What are participants fundraising in support of?

All funds raised for Sleep Out: Champions Edition will go directly towards Mental Health and Addictions Programs at Covenant House Vancouver.

How do I get started?

Register here, or contact the Sleep Out Team at sleepout@covenanthousebc.org.

How do I fundraise?

All participants make a commitment to raising funds for youth experiencing homelessness. Fundraising is made easy by way of your own personal fundraising page where friends and family can donate to your Sleep Out campaign. Once you complete your registration, you’ll gain access to your online personal fundraising page.

You will receive fundraising tools which include tips, email templates, and social media content to help you along the way. We ask that you approach the event with an open heart and a willingness to work hard to raise critical funds for the young people at Covenant House Vancouver.

All funds raised will go towards funding our Mental Health and Addictions Programs.

How can people donate?

The best way to make donations is online.

Each participant will have their own online fundraising page where they can direct their supporters to make a donation. The online system makes collecting donations easy, receipting instantaneous, goal tracking automatic, and minimizes administration costs for Covenant House.

Cash or cheque donations can also be sent to: Covenant House Vancouver ATTN: Sleep Out Vancouver 1302 Seymour Street Vancouver, BC V6B 3P3

Cheques should be made payable to Covenant House Vancouver and include the name of the Sleep Out participant.

How will people who donate receive their tax receipts?

Tax receipts for online gifts will automatically and instantly be sent to the donor by email. Cash and cheque donations will be receipted and mailed to the donor within 4 weeks of the gift being received by Covenant House Vancouver.