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Local Executives Sleep Out in Durham to Raise Awareness of Homelessness

CEO Sleep Out-Durham Media Advisory


Date: September 4, 2015

                                                                        Contact: Irene Godínez

                                                                        Telephone: 919-463-5013 • 919-627-7511



Local Executives Sleep Out in Durham to Raise Awareness of Homelessness

Who:     United Way of the Greater Triangle, area CEOs and Executives

What:   CEO Sleep Out Durham: Making the “Invisible” issues Visible event

Where: Lawn in front of DPAC in downtown Durham at Blackwell St. & Vivian St.

When: Thursday, September 10 at 6:30pm until Friday, September 11 at 8:00am

Best video opportunities:  Thursday 10:30 – 11:30 pm — Executives getting settled for the night

Friday 5:30 am – 7 am — Wake-up and reflections on the experience

Why:     By having area executives participate in these events, we build awareness of issues that are too often unseen, such as hunger, homelessness and poverty in our Triangle area. This year, our focus is on addressing the issue of homelessness and impacts of poverty on children. On any given night, there are 2,000 homeless Triangle community members. Programming will also address why we’ve moved towards a collaborative approach in addressing some of these complex challenges in our area.


About CEO SleepOut: Making the “Invisible” Issues Visible

This is the 4thannual CEO SleepOut. We will host two CEO SleepOut events in 2015, the next one is in Wake County on September 24-25.

With only cardboard for a mattress, a hearty spirit, and a true passion for the cities and towns they call home, community leaders will gather to make issues like hunger, homelessness and poverty in the Triangle more visible for the nearly 200,000 people in our community living in poverty, 60,000 of which are children.

Programming for the evening will focus on bringing the spirit of collaboration to help tackle issues facing our community. Through this event, United Way and its partners will provide a unique perspective on poverty in our area by hosting round table discussions and simulations demonstrating the complexities of the housing system. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the challenges faced by many of our community members and will commit to engage in addressing these challenges.