If you attended Cardboard Cities in the past, you know it's loads of fun!
Here is the drill for attending...
To Put it Frankly Register today in the office or fill out the form above! If you don’t, no soup for you! (Registration is available the night of the Event)
Gather pledges! Auntie Em, Ma, Pa, and your pet llama would love to donate to the cause in your name. Dig out the duct tape, paint, and cardboard … And begin your masterpiece of a dwelling. Be crafty, there will be a most creative box contest at the event! Invite your friends over for a cup of tea in your temporary home sweet home. Sleeping in your car at Car-dboard City is allowed this year. Same entrance fee.
Spread the word about Cardboard City! There will be soup, bread, guitars and lovely voices, heart-wrenching stories, t-shirts, new and old friends, and an experience to fondly recall and take to heart.
Watch a video from past years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDlen2izn9A
What: A Cardboard City- Our goal is to find 200 people to spend the night in a temporary shelter—a cardboard box.
When: 5:00 pm Friday July 21 until Saturday morning-8am.
Why: To raise awareness of homelessness and raise money for Family Promise Mat-Su to support the homeless and impoverished here in the Matanuska- Susitna Valley of Alaska.
Where: Alaska State Fairgrounds. Green Entrance (south side, off the Glenn Highway in Palmer, near train station)
How: Become a “resident” of the city by paying at least $50 "rent" for space and spending one night in a cardboard box.
Gather Pledges: Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to participate by asking them to pledge all, part of, or above and beyond your "rent."
Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under 10 years of age must have a parent or guarding sleeping with them in a box.
Youth groups require a ratio of one adult to five or fewer youths.
Bring: Your shelter and duct tape (or car). Boxes will also be available on-site. You may bring a sleeping bag, pillow, quiet games.
DO NOT bring: Valuables, electronics, pets, alcohol, weapons, or food. Any food brought in will be considered a donation to the local food pantry.
Be Creative: Boxes may be decorated as you choose as long as they are not offensive, demeaning, or inappropriate.
This is a 15-hour event.
5:00 p.m. Registration begins.6: 00 p.m. Simple meal is served (Soup, bread, and coffee or water).7:00 p.m. Music/Entertainment begins8:00 p.m. Registration ends8:45 p.m. Meal service ends9:00 p.m. Judging of decorated shelters10:00 p.m. Prizes awarded11:00 p.m. Entertainment ends
6:00 a.m. Wake-up & Takedown begins8:00 a.m. Vacate Fairgrounds (Be glad it was only one night and go to bed in your cozy home)
The homeless don't have a place to come in from rain or cold, so Cardboard City will be held regardless of weather conditions (tarps recommended).
Facts about Homelessness in the Mat-SuFamilies with children comprise 33% of the homeless population--a larger percentage than previous years.
Since opening in 2005, Family Promise Mat-Su has provided over 39.000 shelter bed nights.
50% of our shelter guests are children under the age of 5.
Approximately 800 schoolchildren (grades K-12) in the Mat-Su Borough were homeless in the 2015-2016 school year.
Lack of affordable housing is the main cause of homelessness in our Mat-Su Community.
Many of our homeless guests have been sleeping in their car prior to shelter.
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