Cardboard City

Sleep in a box. Knock Out Homelessness
Friday, July 15, 2016  from 5:00 pm until 8:00 am Saturday, July 16, 2016
at the Green Gate, Alaska State Fairgrounds, Palmer, Alaska

Raise money to end homelessness. 
Be a part of a night you won't forget.
Participate in a soup/breadline.
Listen to a Bedtime Story (with voices!)
Sleep in a cardboard box.

To sign up, submit the Registration Application below and rent your box(es).
Contact Family Promise if you have any questions at 907-357-6160.

Cardboard City Registration Application

Please fill out this form if you wish to participate in Cardboard City 2016! To make your pledges, please click donate down below this application. Thank you!

First Name:
Last Name:
Address Street 1:
Address Street 2:
Zip Code:
Daytime Phone:
Evening Phone:
Email Address:
T Shirt Size (if you don't want one, leave blank):
Group Name:
Staying Overnight (Y/N):
Estimated Number of Participants?:

Pay now to reserve your space at Cardboard City:

Rent a Cardboard Box
Name of who you're sponsoring

To sponsor Cardboard City:

If you were here for Cardboard City 2015, you know it was an enormous success! Join us this year on July 15th for the best Cardboard City yet!
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!
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. 
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:

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 15, 2016, until 8:00 am Saturday July 16.

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 "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 or part of 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. 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.

Friday, July 15th:
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 begins
8:00 p.m.  Registration ends
8:45 p.m.  Meal service ends
9:00 p.m.  Judging of decorated shelters
10:00 p.m.  Prizes awarded
11:00 p.m.  Entertainment ends
Saturday, July 15th:  
6:00 a.m. Wake-up & Takedown begins 
8:00 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-Su

Families 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 29.000 shelter nights.

50% of the homeless population in our Family Promise Mat-Su network were children under the age of 18. 62% of these children were under the age of 6.
Approximately 800 schoolchildren (grades K-12) in the Mat-Su Borough were homeless in the 2014-2015 school year.

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