The Spectrum Sleep Out

Burlington Sleep Out:
Thursday, March 21

St. Albans Sleep Out:
Thursday, March 28

Student Sleep Outs:
March-April (team chooses date and location).

Thank you to our Sleep Out Sponsors!

If you're interested in sponsoring this event, please contact us at events@spectrumvt.org.

From our youth:

Thank you for donating so that ….

“I can focus on furthering my education instead of whether or not I’ll be able to eat later.”

“I have a place to sleep.”

“We can have what we can’t go get ourselves.”

“I can have a safe place to sleep and get my money right.”

“I can have a roof over my head and have a shower to stay clean.”

“We can fulfill our dreams and succeed in life”

About This Event

About the Sleep Out

Join us for the 13th Annual Sleep Out!  Whether you’re on your own or forming a team, it’s never been easier—or more important—to Sleep Out in solidarity with youth facing homelessness. Our event expenses are so low that 98% of every dollar raised goes directly to funding our programs and services.

Thursday, March 21: The Burlington Sleep Out at the First Universalist Unitarian Church (adults)

Thursday, March 28: The St. Albans Sleep Out at Taylor Park (adults)

March-April: Student Sleep Outs at your own locations on the night of your choosing

Thank you for making sure we are here for the next youth who arrives at our doorstep in need of a hot meal, a roof over their head, or help carving out a future for themselves.

Ready to join us? Click here to register or donate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

It’s easy! Register yourself or your team and start asking friends and family to donate to your page. Fundraising can happen at any time, though we always encourage you to start early.

Burlington & St. Albans: You’ll arrive around 9:30pm for our brief program and welcome. Then we’ll take some photos, and head to bed! Most folks grab a coffee and snack for the road by 7am.

We provide a tented area (no side walls) with ground cover and cardboard boxes, and security by Chocolate Thunder. We have hot water and restrooms available and overnight staff and volunteers to assist you.

Student Sleep Outs: Each school or organization does it a little differently. Most start in the early evening, and might include activities or a gathering. Check out our Student Sleep Out Toolkit for more information and suggestions.

How do I organize a team for Burlington or St. Albans?

We take care of most of the logistics. You just need to register yourself as the team captain and recruit teammates to join in. Contact Charlotte at events@spectrumvt.org if you would like more information on how to get started.

How do I organize a Student Sleep Out?

We'll help you organize a Student Sleep Out on the date and at the location of your choosing! Check out our Student Sleep Out Toolkit and/or contact Charlotte at events@spectrumvt.org if you would like more information on how to get started.

What are the suggested fundraising goals?

We ask for your best effort to make a difference for teens and young adults in our community. If you don't make your goal, we want you to still Sleep Out!

Hint: Sometimes asking for a small amount (such as $10 or $25) from family and friends is a quick and easy way to start.

Suggested Goals:
Corporate Teams: $2,000 per person
Adults/Individuals: $750
Students: $25

What should I bring?

Here is our suggested list of things to bring with you:
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, extra blankets
  • Hat, scarf, face cover, mittens/gloves
  • Plenty of warm layers
  • Warm socks and winter boots
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Hand/toe warmers
  • Thermos/water bottle and snacks
  • Ear plugs
  • Journal and pen to document your experience

Should I bring a tent?

Burlington and St. Albans Sleep Outs: We provide one large event tent with open sides for folks to sleep under, along with a tarp and cardboard.

Student Sleep Outs: Each team is different. Check with your captain around plans for tents.

How do I fundraise?

  • Make it emotional. Why are YOU sleeping out?
  • Make it personal. Reach out to friends, family, and coworkers.
  • Make it shareable. If someone can’t donate, perhaps they can share your page with others who can!
  • Hint: Sometimes asking for a small amount (such as $10 or $25) from family and friends is a quick and easy way to start.
  • Print and fill out the I’m Sleeping Out Because… poster, take a selfie with it, and share as you fundraise. (Be sure to share it with us, too!)
  • Use our I'm Sleeping Out profile photo for social media.
Questions? Contact Charlotte Steverson at 802-864-7423 x330 or events@spectrumvt.org