Have some questions about Tent City? Well, we have answers! If you have any more questions, send us an email!
How do I register to participate in Tent City?
Please use this Signup Genius link to sign up: www.bit.ly/1mmmGmJ.
What events can I participate in?
There are a variety of ways to get involved with tent city! The events include:
- Volunteer work during the morning/afternoon (ranging from 9:30am-4:30pm)
- Enjoy a soup kitchen style dinner in the dining hall at 5pm
- Attend a guest speaker event at 7pm in Hauke Conference Room
- Participate in a candlelight vigil in Hauke Courtyard after the guest speaker (approx. 9pm)
- Sleep out on Perry Lawn commencing after the vigil
- If you participate in the sleep out, you will be included in a breakfast reflection on Sunday morning (8:30am-9am)
Who is the guest speaker?
Justin Verette will return to campus this year to speak with our campus community about issues of mental illness and homelessness in the Burlington area. Justin works with the Howard Center as a street outreach interventionist. His role, in conjunction with the Burlington Police Department, is to “make contact with people displaying symptoms of mental health, but do not pose an immediate danger to others around them” (read more in this Burlington Free Press article here). Justin is a very engaging speaker and has been extremely popular among Champlain students. We highly encourage people to come meet him and learn more about his amazing work!
Where does Tent City take place?
Aside from the service events that take place at various nonprofit organizations in the community, Tent City takes place on Champlain College’s Burlington, VT campus. Each event will take place in the location listed on the Signup Genius page, but if there are any further questions feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to participate in all of the events?
No. You are welcome to participate in just one event, or all of them!
Can Staff and Faculty participate?
Absolutely! The more the merrier. Faculty and Staff are welcome to participate in any aspect of the event (service placements, guest speaker, candlelight vigil, and/or sleep out).
Does this event count for Engaged Citizen LEAD credit?
No. Please note that this is a change from previous years.
Are there any prizes associated with participating?
Yes! We have created a fun and exciting point system to track participation in Tent City. The point system is as follows:
- Service event (morning/afternoon)– 15 points per person for each service event
- Guest Speaker (evening) – 10 points per person
- Sleep out (evening) – 15 points per person
- Bonus points for participating in every event (all day) – 5 points per person
Prizes will be given for both an individual with the most points and a group that has the most collective points earned.
What are the prizes?
The individual who has the most points will receive a $50 gift card to a business of their choice. The group with the most points will receive funding ($5 per person) for either a Pizza Party or a Wings Over Burlington Party!
Can I participate as a team with a group of friends?
Yes! Creating a team is encouraged. You will be able to earn participation points as a group, and will have a group of friends to share a tent, attend events together, and so on.
Do I need a sleeping bag and/or tent to sleep out?
No. If you have one, that’s great, and please let us know (email email@example.com). Otherwise, we will provide a sleeping bag and tent (to share with other participants) for you.
What should I bring?
- A tent and sleeping bag, if you have one (email firstname.lastname@example.org if so)
- A pillow (we will not provide pillows)
- Warm clothes – lots of layers.
What should I NOT bring?
People are encouraged to forgo using technology during this solidarity event. Please plan to not bring your laptop, cell phone, tablet, etc. This is also a drug/alcohol free event.
Is this a fundraising event?
Yes, all proceeds will benefit COTS (the Committee on Temporary Shelter) in Burlington. COTS provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont. COTS advocates for long-term solutions to end homelessness. To learn more about COTS and local homelessness, check out their website: http://cotsonline.org/. To learn more about National homelessness, check out this link: http://nationalhomeless.org/.
How can I participate in the fundraising efforts?
All donations can be brought to the Center for Service office in room 203 of the Skiff Annex, Champlain College, or mailed to Box 20. Cash and checks (made out to: COTS) are accepted. You can also donate online at: https://www.firstgiving.com/COTS/tent-city.