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Columbia College Chicago Student Veterans Society Sleep Out

Donations as of September 01, 2014:

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$13,685.77 Raised Online
$13,685.77 Total Raised

Columbia College Chicago Student Veterans Society Sleep Out

24 Hours In The Cold

To address the alarming rate of veterans facing homelessness the Student Veteran Society of Columbia College Chicago will be hosting a public sleep-out. The sleep-out will take place from noon on Monday December 16 and will last for 24 hours. The vets will be camped out at the Sculpture Garden on the northeast corner of 11th and Wabash in the south loop of Chicago. 

All proceeds raised will be donated to the Eddie Beard Homeless Veterans' Housing Program, which serves as the Vet House for Inner Voice Chicago. Innver Voice Chicago is a local nonprofit that provides temporary and permanent housing to homeless and and at-risk Veterans, as well as job training and job placement programs. 

Close to one out of four of all homeless people have served in the U.S. Armed Forces at some point in their life. We asked them to sacrifice so much for us and when they return home our heroes are reduced to living on the streets. Veterans Day just passed by, but the issues the veteran community is facing cannot be addressed in one day.

How Your Donations Will Make a Difference

The Eddie Beard Vet House curently has 15 Veteran residents enrolled in its program, which is the max capacity currently availble. It costs between $900-$1000 per month to feed, clothe, and house each Veteran. In addition to these standard costs of living the Vet House is in need of a new freezer, pots/pans and other kicthen utensils, as well as personal electornics for the Veterans themselves, as many of them are currently recieving computer skills classes in order to help them with their job searches.

Any amount donated to this event will be given directly to the Veterans currently residing at the Eddie Beard Vet House and will help contribute to paying for their costs of living as well as helping them buy the neccessary tools in order to sucessfully complete the program and find full-time work again.  

More information on Inner Voice and their Veterans initiatives can be found here:

www.innervoicechicago.org/vet_housing_and_support.html 

If we reach our goal of $10,000, we will potentially be taking a homeless veteran off the street and putting them back into a home, a job, and the life they deserve after serving and protecting our country.

Other Ways To Get Inolved

If you don't have money to donate you can do any of the following: 

Come Visit! 

Please come and visit  us! We'll be up to all manner of activities all day and night in an attempt to stay warm and keep things entertaining. We're having people stand watch all night so there will always be someone to talk with or ask questions. 

Spread The Word - #vetsleepout

We'll be on our phones all day tweeting, instagraming, facebooking and generally social mediaing. The more people you tell online the more we can spread the word about this event beyond Chicago and across the nation. Use the hashtag #vetsleepout and help us spread awareness and action on this issue.

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The Student Veterans Society (SVS) is a student organization at Columbia College Chicago whose purpose is to connect, provide support, and develop opportunities for military veteran students. Being created by veterans for veterans, this organization will support one of the smallest minority groups in colleges today through unique programming specifically tailored for military veterans. The 24-hour-sleep out is the first event of its kind held by the SVS. This event is not politically motivated. 

Supporters

Comment Donation
shelby
$20.00
The Elliott Family Matthew ~ thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. FIGHT ON!
$50.00
Olibia and John Stamatoglou
$100.00
Patriot We support your efforts 100% and are proud of you!
$20.00
Alexander Wasfie
$500.00
Duke W
$100.00
Mary Giovannetti What a great way to show all veterans that they are not forgotten by the people they served. Thank you all for the sacrifices you've made!
$50.00
Anonymous
$25.00
Cara B. With heartfelt gratitude to all veterans. And keep up the great work in looking out for each other.
$50.00
Anonymous
$50.00
Howard & Mary Ann Sandroff You guys are doing great work!
$100.00
Gary Li Thank you for supporting our veterans. Sending some Hawaiian warmth your way!
$10.00
Joseph McGeary
$50.00
Dean Cooper You really are a legend
$25.00
Jim and Mary Harris Semper fi!
$25.00
Gale Giovannetti What a great way to raise awareness and help brighten not only the holidays but the days to follow!
$250.00
Jerry G God bless our U.S. vet's !
$25.00
Anonymous
$25.00
Debra Levie
$25.00
Rik Brendle & Joseph Dropsey
$20.00
Hil But
$50.00
David M. 1961 I admire and thankful for the care and work you young men and women are doing to help my fellow Veterans out. God Bless you!!!
$50.00
Anonymous Thank you students for remembering our homeless Veterans. Merry Christmas to all!
$25.00
Gysgt (USMC) Bob & Bea Iddings
$100.00
Dawn Renee Jones I salute your efforts. I thank you for your service and compassion.
$25.00
Anonymous My Dad fought in two wars--I cannot imagine him being on the streets w/o a place to lay his head. Bless Everyone who has served.
$100.00
PT
$50.00
Strobel Dentistry - OHL Great Idea! Appreciate your service.
$300.00
Dominick Chiappetta May god bless you all this Christmas season!!
$500.00
Vinnie & Sheree
$50.00
Anonymous thank you and God bless
$60.00
Anonymous God bless those who have given much to pay the price for freedom.
$100.00
GLEF With love
$100.00
SSG Myers Thanks for what you guys are doing.
$10.00
Anonymous
$20.00
Anonymous
$25.00
Brenda Costantino Bless all of you for this act of caring to those who have served our country.
$100.00
Anonymous Great work - good to see that the young generation DO think of others and not themselves - Feel very PROUD and never forget that feeling!!
$100.00
donald wright
$100.00
Anonymous Thank you one and all!!
$25.00
CAPT William Ott (USN) Stay strong!
$250.00
MOM Ringsmuth MERRY CHRISTMAS VETS! Thank you again for your outstanding service.
$250.00
Josephine Short Wish I could do more. Thanks for everything, Vets. May God bless you all.
$50.00
Michael Ballard I am a veteran and just donating to help my brother in arms, I urge or challenge other veterans able to donate something please do so...
$50.00
Shannon Carreiro
$25.00
Michael Vrooman
$25.00
Anonymous
$100.00
Steve Korff
$500.00
Anonymous
$15.00
Scalero Custom Homes
$50.00

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