Originally inspired by a 9 year-old, the Spectrum Sleep Out is an annual event where people of all ages gather and spend a winter weekend sleeping outside to experience what many in our community face every single day. In 2014, this event raised over $200,000, benefitting Spectrum Youth and Family Services and supporting over 2,000 homeless and at-risk youth.
Rightside had the opportunity to talk with key figures in the community, like Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and representatives from National Life Group, Dealer.com, and Seventh Generation about how homelessness is affecting our community.
However, the most exciting part of this project was getting the chance to talk with 3-6 grade students about why they think it's important to help those in need. Our conversations were uplifting and inspiring and made us realize that even the smallest voice can make a difference. Spectrum Youth and Family Services play's a huge role in our community and we're proud to help tell their story.