Dear Friend of the Big Sleep Out: Most people who live in Guilford haven't ever been homeless. We take for granted a warm home, a meal, and a safe place to sleep. Nevertheless, homelessness is an issue not far beyond our town’s borders. New Haven alone contains 14% of Connecticut’s homeless population. I’m Ella Stanley, a 17 year old high school student at Guilford High School who wants to do something about homelessness, and I’m asking you to help me. For the last five years I have been an active participant in Abraham's Tent, an outreach program of Columbus House. For one week each year, St. George Church participates in the Abraham’s Tent program by sheltering and providing meals for 12 men who are homeless. My role throughout the event has been to socialize with the men: share meals, play games, and make them feel at home. Over the course of these weeks, I was surprised to discover that these men were different from what I had imagined a person who was homeless would be. Some had families, incredible talents, and hopes and dreams not so different from my own. It was this that opened my eyes to the fact that people who are homeless are just that; people who are not so different from you or me. Abraham's Tent carried this message to the small group taking part in the event, but I would like to bring this same message to our community and my peers in the hope that we can open the minds of Guilford to a new understanding of homelessness. Last spring the first Big Sleep Out took place nd was a huge success. Around 75 people from Guilford and surrounding areas came together to sleep out for one night on the Guilford Green. Presentations and workshops relating to the cause took place in the faith communities around the Green. In one such presentation, speakers shared their direct experiences with homelessness and participants gained a deeper understanding of the meaning of homelessness. During another workshop, the participants created the Big Sleep Out Quilt which now travels around town to spread the message of the sleep out to places such as the Guilford Free Library, Guilford Parks and Rec, the Guilford Fair and many more. Due to the generosity of sponsors and donors, over $6000 of proceeds were donated to support the important work of Columbus House! We hope you will consider supporting our mission by becoming a sponsor of The Big Sleep Out 2019. Your assistance makes the work of Columbus House possible. For 35 years, Columbus House has been helping people experiencing homelessness, and today they serve over 3,000 people throughout the region. Proceeds of The Big Sleep Out event will support Columbus House programs as well as pay for the event’s presentations, workshops, and supplies.
The Big Sleep Out will take place this spring on Saturday, April 27, 2019 on the Guilford Green. A list of Sponsorship Opportunities is attached. To become a sponsor, visit our website at thebigsleepoutguilford.weebly.com.Please also consider joining us to sleep out by registering a team. For further information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincerely, Ella Stanley Chair The Big Sleep Out
Decide your sponsor level:
$1000 Sleep Out Top Sponsor
Name/ Logo displayed on event banner (Guilford Green)
Name on any press releases
Name/ logo on t-shirt (large type)
Name/ logo on event day schedule/map (large type)
Name on publicity posters and flyers (large type)
$500 Presentation/ Workshop Sponsor
Name on signage at presentation or workshop sight
Name on t-shirt (medium type)
Name on event day schedule and map (medium type)
Name on publicity posters and flyers
$100 Friend of the Sleep Out
Name on t-shirt (small type)
Name on event day schedule and map (small type)
Name on publicity posters and flyers (small type)
Decide you payment method:
Mail a check payable to Columbus House with the Big Sleep Out in the memo line. Mail to: The Big Sleep Out c/o Columbus House, 586 Ella T Grasso Blvd, New Haven, CT 06519 or Pay online with the secure Columbus House pay page using link found in the SPONSOR FORM (see SPONSOR FORM button below). On Columbus House pay page, use ¨other¨ box and type in your sponsorship amount ($1000, $500, $100). Use ¨tribute name¨ box and write The Big Sleep Out. or Pay using a credit card directly on the SPONSOR FORM (see SPONSOR FORM button below).