IOCP’s 17th Annual Sleep Out Brings Help and Hope for 1,700 Struggling Families
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) kicked off its 17th annual Sleep Out campaign on Nov. 10. This year’s goal to raise $1.95 million – an increase of $150,000 over last year – will help 1,700 struggling families in our community meet their basic needs. The campaign runs through Dec. 31.
Since moving into its new headquarters in Plymouth in 2011, IOCP has seen a 12 percent increase in need for its services. The number of families served has grown from about 1,500 to about 1,700.
“While the need has never been greater, this amazing community has set a high bar for stepping up when it matters most,” said LaDonna Hoy, IOCP executive director. “Now is one of those times. We need a home run.”
School groups, faith communities, businesses, community leaders and people of all ages are coming together to support the campaign, from sleeping out, collecting donations and holding cook-offs, to shopping for a cause and hosting a waffle breakfast.
In the 16 years since the Sleep Out began, the community has raised more than $15 million to help provide families with housing, child care, food, transportation and employment.
Many Sleep Out funds are used to prevent homelessness. They provide short-term rental assistance to help families overcome temporary setbacks. One month of rental assistance from IOCP costs an average of $658. If that family were to become homeless, it costs the county approximately $3,000 to support them in a homeless shelter.
Campaign Began With Rally and Sleep Out at Klapprich Park
The campaign kicked off on Nov. 10 with prayer walks in Wayzata and Plymouth, followed by a community rally. Laura Betker,KARE 11 meteorologist and Simply Science reporter served as emcee and host for the evening event that included live music, family activities and food.
People got a new experience this year with a Hip-Hop Warm Up. Kai Anderson, IOCP case manager, and his hip-hop band Bars & Measures taught attendees moves to help keep them warm all night long. Following the rally, groups of people slept out at Klapprich Park.
Double Your Donation on Give to the Max Day
Supporters can double their contributions when they donate on Nov., 15 – Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day. That’s a day when Minnesotans come together to raise money for nonprofits. All donations made that day are doubled, up to a maximum of $150,000.
Donations can be made online at givemn.org/SleepOut2012 or dropped off from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at IOCP, 1605 County Road 101 N., Plymouth. Stop by between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to enjoy the drive-through celebration. Drive up to the decorated fish house in the parking lot where volunteers will be ready with a free cup of coffee.
Other Campaign Highlights
Upsher-Smith, General Mills and Cargill held sleep outs on Nov. 9; Loram will hold one on Dec. 13; and American Financial/Allianz hold a sleep out on Dec. 21.
Harvest Moon Natural Foods in Long Lake offers shoppers the opportunity to “round up” their purchases to support the Sleep Out through Nov. 17.
The Plymouth Lions Club held a waffle breakfast to support the effort on. Nov. 11 at Plymouth Creek Center
Students from Gleason Lake and Kimberly Lane Home Base programs plan to sleep out on Nov. 16.
The Wayzata High School business club (DECA) will hold their Winter Walk fundraiser on Dec. 2.
Area clergy will sleep out at IOCP on Dec. 5. That is also the night of ReSale 101 Midnight Madness. IOCP’s resale shop will stay open late and sales made from 8 p.m. to midnight will benefit the Sleep Out.
The Wayzata Women’s Chorus will hold their winter concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at St. Bartholomew’s church. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Sleep Out.
Bankers will compete in a soup and chili cook-off open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at IOCP. The public is invited, and for $10 can try as many soups as they’d like.
Retail stores are stepping up to support the Sleep Out too on the Dec. 14 Shop with a Purpose Day. Participating retailers will donate a percentage of sales that day to IOCP. Visit iocp:sites/default/files/shop-with-a-purpose.pdf for a list of participating businesses.
For more information on the Sleep Out, including a full list of activities, visit iocp.org/sleep-out.
IOCP’s mission is to engage the heart and will of the community to respond to emergency needs and create opportunities for all to thrive. Since 1979, IOCP has been making an impact in eight west suburban Hennepin communities, providing emergency and long-term solutions around food and clothing, housing, employment, child care, transportation and healthy connections to the community and its resources. For more information, visit iocp.org.