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What to say in your fundraising appeals.

Finding the right words to talk about your Sleep Out can be tough, especially now. Use the pre-written messages below as a starting point and allow yourself time to add a personal note.

Sample Messages Menu:


Donation Appeal - Short

It might not seem like a privilege to self-quarantine or work from home, especially after a couple of weeks, but not everyone has that option. For one night, I am joining Sleep Out America and giving up my bed to stand (well, sleep) in solidarity with young people experiencing homelessness. As part of my Sleep Out, I am raising funds for Covenant House, where more than 2,100 young people are being sheltered each night during these scary and trying times. Covenant House is committed to keeping their doors open 24/7 to protect the most vulnerable youth, and I'm committed to helping them. If you can, please consider supporting me with a donation of any amount today. These young people need us now more than ever, and every dollar makes a difference. INSERT PERSONAL URL


Donation Appeal - Long

Young people experiencing homelessness are the most vulnerable among us, not only to something like coronavirus, but to so many other illnesses, both physical and mental, that come directly from the trauma of living on the streets. Covenant House provides them with the life-saving care that they so urgently need, and their doors remain open 24/7 for every young person seeking help.

I have joined Sleep Out America and will be giving up the comfort of my bed for one night in solidarity with these youth and to raise awareness about the challenges that they are facing, now more than ever.

Our support is their lifeline. If you can, please consider making a donation of any size in honor of the incredibly resilient young people at Covenant House. The beds are full, and your gift will be put to work immediately to help establish quarantine zones, provide clean linens and three nutrious meals a day for the increased number of youth, and arm front-line staff with critical cleaning and medical supplies. 

Here is the link to my Sleep Out page: INSERT PERSONAL URL

Thank you so much. 


Donation Appeal - Return Participants

Now is the time of year when I write to you all about my Sleep Out to support youth overcoming homelessness at Covenant House. But this year, Covenant House is bracing for the effects of COVID-19 and the Sleep Out has taken on a whole new meaning. 

Now more than ever, housing is healthcare. That's why I am still giving up my bed for a night in solidarity with the 2,000+ young people sleeping at Covenant House each night. These young people faced incredible challenges before the pandemic and now are among its most vulnerable victims. Covenant House remains open 24/7 and has established quarantine spaces for youth exhibiting symptoms, created a new intake process with help from the CDC, doubled down on cleaning, moved beds to be a minimum of six feet apart, established an emergency staffing protocol, and adapted to be able to provide more meals than ever before to the young people more than 80% of whom have lost their jobs who are sheltering in place. 

I know that these are trying times for all of us. The uncertainty and anxiety that we all feel is something that youth who have experienced homelessness are all too familiar with. If you're able, please consider making a donation of any size to my Sleep Out. Your gift will be put to work immediately to ensure these youth stay safe and healthy during this crisis and after. 

Here is the link to my Sleep Out page: INSERT PERSONAL URL


Donation Appeal - Reminder

In X DAYS, I am giving up my bed for a night so that young people facing homelessness can sleep safely at Covenant House.

I’m trying to raise $X AMOUNT REMAINING before my Sleep Out. These funds are critically important now more than ever, as Covenant House continues to shelter and protect young people facing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I know that this is a difficult time for everyone, and so much is out of our control. But it has also been a time of people coming together however they can to offer comfort and support. If you're able, please consider making a donation to my Sleep Out page. Your support will be an incredible comfort to the young people and staff at Covenant House. No matter the amount, the value of it to these kids who have so little is enormous. Because it’s more than what the money provides it’s a symbol that you care. INSERT PERSONAL URL


Thank You Note

Thank you so much for your donation in support of my Sleep Out. In this time of uncertainty and anxiety, your gift means that much more to me, and to the youth and staff at Covenant House. 

Covenant House will continue to be open 24/7 for young people facing homelessness. Your gift helps their staff protect and care for every kid who walks through the doors, to keep them healthy, and to meet the many challenges they face. Thank you.

I hope that you stay healthy and safe as well, and know how grateful I am for your support. 


COVID-19 at Covenant House

As you talk to your community about Sleep Out and Covenant House, some people may want to know more about how life has changed for young people in our care. Here are a few key things to share:

  • Our doors remain open. Last night, over 2,100 young people found safety under a Covenant House roof. Our intake protocol has been revised with help from the CDC and we are prepared to assess and/or test symptomatic youth as a first action before sending them to the local ER. Quarantine spaces have also been established at every shelter.
  • We are focused on ensuring that the youth in our care are safe and secure. In addition to quarantine spaces, we are ensuring a safe distance between beds in all rooms, increasing the frequency of disinfecting common areas, and distributing cleaning and hygiene supplies to youth and staff regularly.
  • We have temporarily suspended all visitors and non-essential staff on-site, and an emergency staffing protocol is in place to ensure front-line coverage while keeping our teams safe.
  • We are providing as much on-site youth programming as possible, including additional mental health programming for youth experiencing anxiety as a consequence of the outbreak.
  • With youth sheltering place, we are seeing increased costs in food and staffing since all youth are in our building 24/7 — these costs are in addition to the staffing and supplies costs associated with the extensive emergency preparedness measures described above.
  • Update from Kevin Ryan, Covenant House President
  • Reflection from Kevin Ryan, Covenant House President
  • More about Covenant House's COVID-19 response

What Your Donation Can Do

Sleep Out donations have an immediate impact on the care we can provide youth overcoming homelessness at Covenant House. Share these examples with your community about what their gift makes possible.

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