5 Days for the Homeless was founded in 2005 by students at the University of Alberta School of Business in Canada. For 5 days, students slept outside and went without basic necessities to understand and show to others struggles of living below the poverty line. What began as a grassroots initiative to raise awareness about homelessness, quickly turned into a philanthropic success in its first year by raising $2000, doubling the original goal, to go toward the local youth shelter. Since then, numerous universities across Canada have held their own 5 Days for the Homeless campaigns and had large success. Now, Master of Business Administration students at Ohio University are bringing the initiative to the United States for the first time.
From February 25th until March 2nd 2018, 6 MBA students from Ohio University will be going homeless on the university campus to raise awareness for homelessness in the Southeast Ohio area. In addition to awareness, the 5 Days for the Homeless campaign will also seeks to raise funds for a local organization that supports those in need. All of the donations raised during this campaign will go to support Good Works Inc. Timothy House, an organization that provides shelter and opportunity to those struggling in the Athens area. Together, we hope to make a difference for many and break down the stereotypes that surround homelessness
Your support is greatly appreciated!
Check out our calendar of events for February 25th-March 2nd!
Sign up for the Sleep-a-thon!
Join our sleepers on Tuesday February 27th for the night! To participate, raise/donate $50 and fill out this form.
First 3 students to sign up will receive a gift certificate for Buffalo Wild Wings!
See how our sleepers are doing!
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Final Thoughts on the last few nights from some of our participants:
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- Nicole Galli