SleepOut for Shelter Registration Now Open!

McHenry, IL— Registration is now open for the 8th Annual SleepOut for Shelter event and Pioneer Center for Human Services is looking to the community to help make 2017 a record-breaking year. SleepOut for Shelter is an annual awareness and fundraiser event for McHenry County PADS, the homeless program of Pioneer Center. The event will take place on May 6 at Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry.

Participants can raise money by collecting pledges to sleep outside in tents, cars and even cardboard shelters. There are three easy ways to get involved—register to participate, sponsor a participant or take a “Make Change” box and collect donations. Individuals who register for the event at, receive an event goodie backpack and admittance to the rally at Church of Holy Apostles which includes a meal, presentation, entertainment, an overnight sleepout location and more!

It is important to note that individuals do not have to sleep out to participate in this unique fundraising event. Many families or groups create “alternate” SleepOut for Shelter events such as sponsoring an office jeans day where employees pay $5 to wear jeans and then take the contributions and donate them to the SleepOut cause. Or, another example is to hold a movie night and charge “admission” which is in turn donated. Even if you can’t sleep out we encourage everyone to sign-up for the event to create their own online fundraising page.

McHenry County PADS services remain in high demand. In 2016, over 250 men, women, and children sought services with 94 people, including 8 families with 11 children, staying in emergency sleeping beds or the transitional living facility.

For those interested in participating, simply go to to register. There are two registration options—as an individual for $20 or as a family of five for $35.
Contact: Amy Hernon, Director of Development, (815) 759-7144