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Fifth Annual Sleep Out for Homeless

Saturday, November 13, 2010 - Sunday, November 14, 2010

As part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week the Linn County Veteran Affairs Office and Community Circle of Care invite the public to participate in the Fifth Annual Linn County Sleep Out for the Homeless on Saturday, November 13th at Greene Square Park in downtown Cedar Rapids. We'll spend a night outside (from 5 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday) to discuss, to think and to learn about homelessness.

The Sleep Out will take place regardless of weather conditions. You're invited to join participants in sleeping in cardboard boxes in the park as well as discussing and sharing information on homelessness across the street at First Presbyterian Church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Those who are planning to sleep out will solicit pledges of donation from family, friends and co-workers. If you can't sleep out, sponsor someone who can, and join us from 6:00 to 8:00 at First Presbyterian Church for educational activities and the kickoff of Community Circle of Care's blanket blitz for the homeless. In 2009, we raised over $11,000. This year, with your help, we'll raise more! Checks to Community Circle of Care are tax deductible.

Representatives from local homeless shelters will be on-site to answer questions about their programs from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Hot soup, snacks and hot beverages will be donated by area businesses and the Salvation Army. Sleep Out participants should dress warmly and bring sleeping bags or blankets. Cardboard will be provided for creating makeshift shelter. Indoor restrooms and security will also be provided.

WHAT:  4th Annual Sleep Out for the Homeless. Food will be provided as well as educational programming on homelessness. All proceeds benefit eight local homeless shelters. Community Circle of Care’s Blanket Blitz kickoff (donated blankets will be distributed to the local homeless shelters).

WHEN:  Saturday, November 13, 2010
Sleep Out: 5 p.m. November 14 to 6 a.m. November 15
Event Program: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Greene Square Park on the corner of 3rd Ave. and 5th St. SE, Cedar Rapids.
The Sleep Out will take place snow, rain or shine.

COST:   There is no cost to participate in this event. However, this event is a fundraiser for area homeless shelters, so donations are encouraged. Donations may be dropped off during the event or mailed with checks made payable to:
Community Circle of Care, Inc.
ATTN: Sleep Out for the Homeless
P.O. Box 1305
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406