Fortitude Community Outreach
Thank you for considering participation in our first annual Night on the Street immersive, overnight, fundraising event!
The event will take place outside on the property at 240 S. Dearborn and is designed to give participants a small taste of a homeless experience overnight. Set up can begin at 5pm Friday, April 16 and can continue until 2pm Saturday. Participants may choose to bring a tent to sleep in, a box, sleep in a vehicle, or sleep under the stars! Participants will fundraise before and during the event, utilizing their own social media and social networks to bring awareness of the needs of the homeless in Kankakee County and the ways Fortitude is working to meet those needs.
Fundraising incentives will be provided for receiving increasing levels of donations! All participants will receive a Fortitude "buff" or neck gator and a Fortitude lanyard. Earned incentives include an event hoodie (we have the best hoodies!!) and other Fortitude merch such as frisbees, blankets, portable phone chargers, travel mug, bags, journals, etc. (examples--not yet determined!). Registered participants will receive a personal fundraising website through which to collect donations. This page will be personalized with photos and stories and will have it's own URL and QR code to link donors directly to your page. A leader board on the main event webpage will display the each participants' fundraising by amount raised!
At the event, speakers and interviews with guests and others will be addressing participants (and our Live audience). Participants will also be provided a menu of challenges to complete that will help in the immersive experience of "homelessness" during the event, such as making an MRE meal, walking around town with a CityPak backpack the weight carried by most homeless, riding the Metro bus, and taking a "bird bath". Bingo games will also be ongoing throughout the night and morning. We encourage all participants to immerse themselves in the experience and share this on social media throughout the event to assist in fundraising.
Meals will be provided at the event. The evening meal and breakfast will be provided alongside our shelter guests staying with us that Friday night. Late night pizza, snacks, and hot/cold drinks will also be provided. Restrooms available inside the shelter space. The location will be supervised/secured throughout the night.
There are limited spots available!! For this event, we are limiting to adults only although we hope to expand this to high school students in the coming years. Please sign up to participate in the event here. There is no cost to this event and you set your own fundraising goal. Think big!! If you are participating with another adult and will be sharing a space (tent, box, etc.), please sign up individually and indicate that in the comment section. This can be changed later if needed. After you sign up, you will be forwarded additional information about the event, setting up your personal fundraising page, and be provided materials to assist with fundraising.
Please text any questions to 815-546-3271 or email [email protected]
We are so excited about this event and hope you are able to join us! Sign up now so you don't miss out!!
240 S Dearborn Ave
240 S Dearborn Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901