East Campus Hosts Its Second Annual Sleep Out for the Homeless

A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018
Time: 6 – 9 p.m. – Formal Program; 9 p.m. – 6 a.m. – Sleep Out
Location: East Campus, Mall

Valencia’s East Campus will host the Second Annual Sleep Out on Monday, March 5, 2018. Last year, more than 80 students and staff participated in this event in support of homeless youth in our community.

Organized by Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the event will start at 6 p.m. with a host of guest speakers and take place in the mall area on East Campus. The event agenda includes entertainment, a silent auction and a candlelight vigil. Participants will sleep in the mall area to receive a glimpse of a homeless student’s nightly experience. There will also be transportation from Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses for those students who want to participate. For a flyer, click here.

Prior to the Sleep Out, PTK will present a series of workshops in the East Campus Atrium regarding mental health, homelessness, education, human trafficking and food insecurity. For a list of dates, click here.

The goal of the Sleep Out is to raise money to help the Covenant House purchase new computers for its General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program and allow more homeless youth to have the opportunity to continue their education. Covenant House is a non-profit organization that has provided housing, food and education to homeless youth and human trafficking survivors since 2000. A number of youth served by Covenant House have become Valencia College graduates.

How can you help?

PTK will host fundraisers such as raffles, spirit nights and car washes prior to the Sleep Out. In addition, the silent auction during the Sleep Out will contain items to bid on. Please plan to participate in these events as every donation counts — no matter how small. This is an opportunity to help impact the lives of promising homeless youth in Central Florida.

Please help PTK share the information about Sleep Out on East Campus. To RSVP for the event, click here.

If you would like to donate funds, please click here.

Also, please feel free to share the links on your social media.

For more information on ways to become involved in supporting homeless youth at Valencia or at Covenant House, please contact Leonard Bass, campus dean, learning support, at lbass11@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 2745.

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