Interfaith Outreach Hopes to Raise $2.6M to Fight Homelessness
The temperature is plummeting and snow is in the forecast – that’s the season for Interfaith Outreach’s annual sleep out fund raiser. For more than 2 decades Interfaith has held the Sleep Out. Officials with the group say money raised over the years prevented homelessness more than 33,000 times just through rent assistance.
Funds also go toward making rental units affordable to low-income people. But to do those things, Interfaith needs donations. Last year’s goal was $2.4 million – and they reached it. This year they’ve set a goal of $2.6 million for the sleepout.
“It’s not a small number,” says Interfaith Outreach’s Lani Willis. “But we know that this community has the ability to go after hard things and high goals. And we’re very optimistic that we can pull it off again this year.”
You can donate now through the end of the year. If you donate on November 14 – Give To The Max Day – you’ll help with a matching grant of up to $250,000. If you’d like to help, check the Interfaith Outreach website.
New this year and concurrent with the sleepout, Interfaith is distributing “You Belong” yard signs. They’re meant for neighbors to show their support for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming so by stating that they, too, belong in the community. People can pick up yard signs from Interfaith Outreach on Saturday, November 9 between 7 and 10 p.m.