Local Youth Look to Raise Money and Awareness for Homelessness in Sanilac County
The Youth Advisory Council, of the Sanilac County Community Foundation, is excited to announce the new fall date of the long standing event, Cardboard City. Please mark your calendar for October 24, as the day where over 100 local high school students will stay outside overnight on the Sanilac County Courthouse Lawn, in a city made of cardboard, to bring awareness of homelessness in Sanilac County.
The event is also designed to raise money to help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in our communities.
“Our goal is to make people aware that homelessness is not just something that happens in big cities, it is impacting our neighbors and families right in our own community,” said Melissa Anderson, SCCF Director. “The beautiful thing is that these young adults are willing to do more than just notice the problem, they are willing to do something about it!”
Students will be braving the elements as well as collecting pledges and donations throughout the community.
In the 13 years since the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) started doing Cardboard City, $94,798.68 has been donated to the Sanilac County SAVE Council to help 283 adults and 337 children become housed or stay housed. The money is used for rent and mortgage arrearages, overdue utility payments, down payments on rental units and a variety of other things that help prevent a family from becoming homeless. It is also used for emergency shelter situations through the Sandusky Police.
Those wanting more information, or looking for a chance to be involved, are asked to contact the Sanilac County Community Foundation at: 810-648-3634 or visit the Y.A.C. Facebook page at: facebook.com /YouthAdvisory CouncilSanilac.