Why Atlanta women will sleep outside on International Women's Day

3:45 p.m Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 Neighborhoods
Covenant House Georgia serves homeless and trafficked youth in northwest Atlanta.

Covenant House Georgia is hosting an “all-female sleep out” event for International Women's Day next month to raise funds for Atlanta's homeless and trafficked women.

Before the event, volunteers will try to meet a $50,000 fundraising goal. The money will go towards beds in the nonprofit’s crisis shelter and services for young women fleeing sex trafficking and homelessness, according to a press release.

During the March 8 event, supporters will gather with Atlanta youth at Covenant House at 1559 Johnson Road NW. Volunteers will participate in activities before sleeping outside, armed with only a cardboard box and sleeping bag, in order to “to send a clear message to homeless youth that they are not alone,” the release said. 

The youth will sleep indoors. 

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In order to reach the fundraising goal, participants will try to raise $1,500 each through personalized online fundraising pages. Guests must register beforehand and be active fundraisers to attend. 

Thirty-one participants had raised more than $7,700 as of Friday afternoon. 

Participants can bring their own sleeping bags, but some will be supplied if needed.

To register, sign up online, contact Leigh Hall at vlhall@covenanthouse.org or call 470-231-4126.

The schedule of events is as follows:

7-8 p.m.: reception and overview of Covenant House

8-9:30 p.m.: tours and roundtable discussions with youth

9:30-11 p.m.: overview of services and services projects

11 p.m.-5:30 a.m.: sleep out

5:30-6:30 a.m.: breakfast and reflection

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