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Frequently Asked Questions

 

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFO ON REGGIE’S SLEEPOUT?
Start here. You can get event details and even directly donate – or have your friends, family, and community members donate money on your behalf by registering yourself as an individual, family, or joining someone else’s team. It’s fast and easy to use – plus you can email your friends from your HQ!

 

IS THERE A REGISTRATION FEE?
If you are going to camp overnight for Reggie’s Sleepout, yes. There is a $25 registration fee for campers, which includes the camper starter kit (water bottle, tote bag and campers booklet). The $25 goes towards your fundraising goal. You can register here.

If you just want to participate but don’t want any incentives feel free to donate to another campers page or register as a ‘fundraiser’ on the registration page.

 

DO I NEED TO RAISE MONEY?
We definitely encourage fundraising. The money donated at the event directly supports youth receiving services from Iowa Homeless Youth Centers. There are some awesome incentives for raising money, including a t-shirt, crew neck sweatshirt exclusive content and more. Here’s just a sampling of how your donations will help youth:

+ $25 will provide 3 sets of I.D.’s for 3 youth (which is required to obtain housing and employment)
+ $50 will purchase 1 monthly DART bus pass, so a youth can get to school, work, and shelter
+ $100 will supply 200 meals at our Youth Opportunity Center
+ $250 will provide 15 survival backpacks (with food, hygiene products, and more) to youth living on the streets
+ $500 will provide 10 nights of safe shelter for 1 youth

 

WILL ANYONE SPONSOR ME?
Yes! Ask everyone you know, “Will you sponsor me?” You’ll be surprised at the number of people who’ll support you. Ask people at work, your friends and families, members of spiritual groups or other organizations, your neighbors, or anyone you know. You can even ask them to go to the website and donate online on your behalf. No amount is too small.

 

WHERE DO I SEND THE MONEY TO WHEN I COLLECT IT?
Send your donations – cash or check – to:
Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
Attn: Reggie’s Sleepout
612 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

Checks should be payable to Iowa Homeless Youth Centers. You can make a general donation online here.

 

OUR TEAM WANTS TO SLEEPOUT TOGETHER? IS THIS ALLOWED?

In the last few months we have all had to make adjustments to ensure the health and safety of others. We ask that all participants continue to adhere to the guidelines set out by the CDC and Iowa officials and practice social distancing if they are participating with others. At this time to continue to prevent community spread we advise keeping groups to ten people or less and avoid keeping close quarters to anyone outside of your family or roommates.

Just because we are social distancing doesn’t mean we have to be socially distant! Find ways to connect your group through video chat or other safe methods! Try our RSO zoom virtual background for your next video chat.

 

WHAT ABOUT KIDS PARTICIPATING IN REGGIE’S SLEEPOUT?
Absolutely! Kids are the heart and sole of the event. We just ask that anyone under 18 be supervised by an adult.

 

WHERE DO I SLEEP? 
Anywhere in or around your residence that is reasonable and safe. While sleeping outside is encouraged, it isn’t always a possibility. The best option is to find a place in your yard or on the floor in your residence. Be creative! The key is to get out of your comfort zone and do your best to raise funds and awareness for homeless and at risk youth. If you are elderly or disabled we would love to have you participate however you comfortably can. Even if sleeping out isn’t a possibility you can still learn more and raise funds!

 

DO I NEED A CARDBOARD BOX? CAN I USE A TENT?
Past Reggie’s Sleepouts have put a big emphasis on building fun and cool cardboard enclosure designs in years past. This year we know acquiring enough cardboard might raise some concerns or just isn’t a possibility. If you would like to use cardboard, a tent or none of the above then go for it. No matter how you sleepout… creativity is encouraged.

We will not be doing a judged boxed in contest, however if you have a neat sleepout set up or enclosure please share! Post a picture with the hashtag #RSO and tag @Reggiessleepout. We will share some of our favorites over the course of the event.

 

WHAT ABOUT RAIN?
When planning your sleepout prioritize having some covered shelter onsite. Watch the weather and prioritize your safety if severe weather is in the area. Try and schedule your sleepout with the weather in mind.

 

CAN YOU SLEEPOUT MORE THAN ONCE?
While we ask that all participants register and sleepout at least one night, there is no restriction how many nights of the event you can sleepout. If you would like you can sleepout every night of the event!

 

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