December 19, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN – COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and End Homelessness Winnipeg organized the 6th Annual CEO Sleepout in the fall of 2017 and raised over $90,000 for our program that provides people who experience homelessness with employment opportunities.
Following the CEO Sleepout that took place on October 26 that saw CEOs and Community Champions sleeping out for one night to raise funds and awareness for ending homelessness in Winnipeg, applications for funding is now open.
Community organizations are invited to apply for over $90,000 in funding by the application deadline of January 22, 2018 with funds being distributed by the end of February for use in 2018.
Examples of past projects that have received funding from the CEO Sleepout include:
- Graffiti Art Programming
- Red Road Lodge
- Siloam Mission
- Artbeat Studio Inc.
- Macdonald Youth Services
- Union Gospel Mission
About the CEO Sleepout
The CEO Sleepout, organized by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, recruits and mobilizes over 150 leaders from the private and public sectors to help bring attention and awareness to the intricate and complex issues of homelessness in our city and downtown community.
Since 2011, almost $900,000 has been raised to support social agencies in their efforts to employ their participants and in providing them with quality-of-life supports and access to housing. These efforts have resulted in the employment of 137 people experiencing homelessness for more than 81,000 hours – with many of these individuals returning to school or finding permanent full-time work. The CEO Sleepout has also ignited a desire from the private/public sector to work together towards the creation of a long-term strategy to end homelessness in Winnipeg.
About End Homelessness Winnipeg
Created by a task force in 2012, End Homelessness Winnipeg has a mission of bringing together all sectors of our community to work with people who are experiencing homelessness. Through this partnership they believe that we can prevent homelessness, support recovery and wellbeing, find suitable housing, and measure our success in ways that impact and transform our community and sustain change through collective action and hope.
Erica Urias, Coordinator, Marketing & Communications
Phone: Cell – (204) 806-8923 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org