McHENRY – For the past three years, SleepOut for Shelter has helped raise awareness and much-needed funds for homeless services through McHenry County PADS, a program of Pioneer Center for Human Services.
This year, the event has gone multi-county through a partnership with PADS Lake County. All money raised by each respective event will remain within its county.
Registration is open at www.sleepoutforshelter.com for the McHenry County PADS event scheduled to take place May 11 at Living Waters Church in Crystal Lake.
Register as an individual or team to sleep out and raise funds for the event. By registering, participants will have access to their own fundraising page to collect donations from family, friends and colleagues. Those who can’t sleep out can sponsor a participant or simply collect donations for McHenry County PADS.
The evening will kick off with a one-hour rally that includes music, food, a “shelter” box-building competition and more. Then participants can choose to either sleep out at the rally site or they can turn their own lawn into a temporary homeless shelter site.
Last year, the event attracted more than 500 participants and raised more than $60,000.
To register or learn more, visit www.sleepoutforshelter.com or call Barb Swanson at 815-759-7144.