When you walk down the streets of Boulder, you see so many different faces. People from many different walks of life. But the face of Boulder’s homeless teen population often remains hidden by darkness once the sun sets. Up to 200 teens rough it sleeping on Boulder streets. Without a roof and lacking clothing to keep warm. Voltage asked how can we help? DONATE HERE!
November is Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness month, and on Nov 12th VOLTAGE CEO Eric Fowles will spend the night outside to support Attention Homes and homeless youth. For the past 3 years, supporters gathered for the annual “Sleep Out” to raise money for the program.
In it’s first year the “Sleep Out” event had just 30 participants. Last November over 100 folks came out. This year they expect even more. Supporters raise money by spending a night away from home, replacing warm beds with cold cardboard “mattresses.” The participants sleep outside the Attention Homes administration building, and since it’s November in Colorado, snow is always a possibility.
This year’s Sleep Out is expected to raise over $100,000, The donations go towards Attention Homes’ programs that give youth ages 12-24 a safe resource. Attention Homes offers shelter, education and employment services to homeless youth, helping them get on their feet and providing opportunities they deserve.
Eric’s hopes to raise $5,000 by Nov. 12th, and so far has received $2,120 in pledges. You can help by following this link: http://bit.ly/1MUfT0e and clicking on the “donate here” button. Donations of any size are accepted and appreciated. Every little bit helps reach the goal and get youth off the streets and into better situations. You can visit the Attention Homes website here to learn more about the event, or watch the video below of what a participant last year experienced giving up his bed for a night.