Last year, I participated in Spectrum's First Annual Solidarity Sleep Out fundraiser to benefit homeless youth in the Burlington VT area. I'm "Sleeping Out" again this year for the 2nd Annual Spectrum VT Sleep Out fundraiser on March 28th! Last year we raised over $95,000. Our goal this year is to raise over $100,000 for Spectrum!
Spectrum is one organization that REALLY deserves our support. They help counsel, guide and mentor the most vulnerable youth in our community. In 2012 alone, they fed, housed and gave all types of supports services to over 3,000 kids and their families. Helping these young people in Vermont is our responsibility as caring community members.
Mark Redmond and his staff do an outstanding job at Spectrum. They are often cited as a national model for their programs helping at-risk youth here in Vermont. Just as the demand for these programs has increased in the last few years, federal and state funding has stayed flat, at best.
Below is a video on the 2012 Sleep Out event: