In 2017, 1300 young people stayed in homeless shelters in Columbus and Franklin County. 532 of them were teenagers who found safety and support at the Huckleberry House crisis shelter. Another 76 young adults did not have to go to a homeless shelter because the Huck House Transitional Living Program gave them a safe place to live while gaining the education, employment, and life skills needed to live independently in permanent housing. On April 12, Columbus Gives Back will be sleeping outside at COSI – warm or cold, rain or shine – to raise awareness about the serious issue of youth homelessness in central Ohio.
When: Friday, April 12 9:30 pm – Saturday, April 13 6:00 am
Event Leaders: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: 333 W. Broad Street, Columbus 43215
How to Register: Please register for here by March 30th.
1. Click the Register icon, enter your email address and create an account
2. Join the Columbus Gives Back team
3. Pay the $25 registration fee and create your fundraising page
What to Bring/Wear: Please bring a sleeping bag and dress comfortably for the night. The event will go on rain or shine, and temperatures may be much cooler after sundown.
Additional Information: Our event leaders will send email updates to fellow team members with more detailed info and logistics prior to the event. We’ll plan to do #socialtwist dinner (time and location TBD) before the event kicks off on Friday.
Cancellation Policy: Due to the nature of our events, an accurate headcount is important. Please contact one of the event coordinators if you have RSVP’ed but are unable to attend this event.
About Huckleberry House: The Huckleberry House works relentlessly to ensure all young people in our community have access to a safe home environment as well as the guidance they need to develop skills and find resources that can help them navigate and cope with the pressures of life. Through their Crisis Shelter, family and individual counseling, community outreach, and independent living skills training, Huck House helps them take the first steps in a better direction.
About #CbusGivesBack: Columbus Gives Back coordinates group volunteer events with local non-profits, organizes philanthropic happy hours to raise support and awareness for our non-profit partners, and participates in other philanthropic events while emphasizing our social twist: to have fun with volunteers new and old during and after events in the hopes of creating a culture of community engagement amongst our target audience of young professionals.