Sleep Out! Team Spotlight – Columbus Gives Back

Columbus Gives Back Team

 

Columbus Gives Back is a nonprofit committed to making volunteering easy, accessible, and fun for young adults in the Columbus community. They have a team of employees and volunteers that are coming together to Sleep Out! and support our mission.

  • Why is your team sleeping out on April 12th, 2019? Columbus Gives Back is sleeping out because we believe that no youth should have to experience homelessness. We hope to raise money and awareness about this issue in our community and the resources available at Huckleberry House.
  • What does your team hope to gain from the Sleep Out? I hope that our team gains a sense of understanding of what it is like to sleep outside at night if you don’t have anywhere to call home. Experiencing homelessness by way of a simulation such as this, can bring attention to this issue in ways that a report or an article cannot. I hope our team can use this experience to be better advocates for these causes in the future.
  • What brings your team together for this event? We’re a diverse group of individuals united by our love of volunteering and making Columbus a better place. Our community will never achieve it’s full potential without addressing youth homelessness.

Support the Columbus Gives Back team in their commitment to raise $1,000 and Sleep Out! to end youth homelessness in central Ohio. Donate to their team page HERE or register your own team and raise awareness and funds HERE.

Knock Out Poverty

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Last year, United Way of Central Ohio and 40 community partners raised over $260,000 to Knock Out Poverty together!

This year, the team has expanded to more than 70 players, and there are even more ways for us all to win. It is a two-week friendly fundraising competition with opportunities for organizations to win up to $10,000 in bonus pool money. 100% of each donation goes to the organization you designate.

1 in 3 people in central Ohio lack the income to meet their basic needs. But you can be part of the solution. Join us and the United Way of Central Ohio in the fight against poverty by supporting our team to #KnockOutPoverty! Every dollar counts. Go to KnockOutPoverty.org and donate to Huck House to make an impact today!

Sleep Out! Team Spotlight – Starr Avenue Superstars

Kellie and Pete, along with their teenage niece, make-up the Starr Avenue Superstars, just one of the many teams sleeping out on April 12th, 2019 at COSI. Learn more about them and why they are participating!

  • Why is your team sleeping out on April 12th, 2019?  We are participating in Sleep Out! because there are homeless teens in Columbus, and we will continue to do so until there are not.  Being homeless, especially through this brutal winter, is unfathomable for most of us.  The least that we can do is bring some attention to the problem and, hopefully, pull in some resources to help solve it.
  • What does your team hope to gain from the Sleep Out?  We hope to wake Columbus up about homelessness, especially where teens and young adults are involved.
  • What is your relationship to Huck House?  I have been on the board for at least 12 years, and Kellie now works part-time for Huck House

Help the Starr Avenue Superstars reach their fundraising goal of $3,000 by donating HERE. If you interested in participating in the Sleep Out! or making a team of your own, you can register HERE.

November 9 and 10, 2018: Ohio Made Holiday Market

Ohio Made Holiday Market

Ohio Made Holiday Market

Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10, 2018

Hollywood Casino – 200 Georgesville Rd, Columbus, OH 43228

During the Ohio Made Holiday Market, Ohio Made Market will be selling raffle tickets where you have a chance to win HUGE prizes. Winners must pick up prizes by 7PM on November 10th. Every dollar from your ticket purchases will be donated to a Huckleberry House. Huckleberry House works with Central Ohio’s youth and families who are dealing with some of the most difficult problems imaginable. Issues like abuse, violence, neglect, poverty, and homelessness. No matter how hopeless the situation may seem, we offer proven programs and committed people who know how to help young people and families take control of their lives. So they can move past the circumstances they’re in, and move toward the future they want. 

Tickets available here.

November 15, 2018: Battle of the Breweries at Atlas Tavern

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Battle of the Breweries

Thursday, November 15, 2018 from  4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Atlas Tavern – 8944 Lyra Drive, Columbus, OH 43240

A portion of proceeds on the night of Atlas Tavern’s Battle of the Breweries will benefit Huckleberry House! We hope you will come out for a fun night and support Huck House.

December 2, 2018: Very Merry Huckleberry House Lighting

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Very Merry Huckleberry House Lighting, efficiently powered by AEP Ohio.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Huckleberry House 1421 Hamlet Street, Columbus, OH 43201

Join us as we kick off a Very Merry Huckleberry Holiday and light up the house at 1421 Hamlet Street! Cookies and cocoa will be served on the Carriage House porch from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The Ohio State University Women’s Glee Club will be singing carols.

The event is free and open to the public. If you would like to support the Huck House holiday gift drive, please consider bringing a $25 WalMart or Kroger gift card to donate. We will also accept holiday adoption donations at the event. Please visit the Holiday Gift Form for more information about holiday adoption opportunities.

Follow us on Facebook for updates about the house lighting event.

December 14, 2018: Holiday Gift Drop-Off

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Friday, December 14, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Huckleberry House Carriage House – 1421 Hamlet Street, Columbus, OH 43201

Last year, with the support and generosity of our community, we delivered gift packages to 166 youth.

In order to deliver gifts in time for Christmas, we ask that our friends deliver holiday gift donations to the Huck House administration building on December 14. Larger deliveries should be arranged with Development Associate, Victoria Alesi at (614) 298-4105 or valesi@huck-house.org.

This year, we hope to be thoughtful and deliberate about the gifts we give to the youth we serve. Please check out the Holiday Gift Form for information about donating.

December 17, 2018: Cookie Drop-Off

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Cookie Drop-Off

Monday, December 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Huckleberry House Carriage House – 1421 Hamlet Street, Columbus, OH 43201

Huck House will hold its second annual cookie walk for Transitional Living Program youth and families. Last year, our friends donated over 100 dozen cookies. Drop-off will take place on December 17 at the Huckleberry House Carriage House, 1421 Hamlet Street, Columbus, OH 43201.

We appreciate friends signing up as the date gets close so we can know what to expect. Sign-up details to come soon, follow us on Facebook for updates.

Critical Need Alert – A Message from Becky Westerfelt

A message from executive director – Becky Westerfelt

In Central Ohio, we are fortunate to have the leadership of The Columbus Foundation when it comes to research and resources to address the critical needs of our community. Over the past several months, I have worked with representatives of the Columbus Foundation and other youth serving organizations to find meaningful strategies to help homeless youth and improve early childhood education.

Today, the Columbus Foundation announced a Critical Need Alert. The goal is to raise $1.5 million for “Our Kids” in 45 days to benefit the work of Huck House and five other organizations.

How will Huckleberry House use resources generated by The Columbus Foundation over the next six weeks?

Many youth in our community are unstably housed; they are couch surfing, moving among family members until they are 18, or generally don’t know where they will sleep night to night.  Huckleberry House will expand options for those youth. We will invest in our work to identify young people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness to link them with housing provided by Huckleberry House and other community agencies. Some youth who are successful in independent living could easily fall behind without support. We will help those young people reduce the risk of future homelessness with a few months of rent and light case support.

The spirit of “Our Kids” demands that we invest in all the children in our community. Thank you for your continued support of our important work.

Becky