How We Help
There are approximately 298,000 homeless families in the United States.* Currently, there are more homeless children in the U.S. than at any other time since the Great Depression.
Nonetheless, family homelessness often goes unseen as most homeless families do not live on the street.** Instead, most homeless families are transient, living in shelters, in cars, in
hotels in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, or staying with friends or family members.*** These environmental stresses negatively influence a child’s early experiences and often lead to an
increase in mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, poor sleep habits, and behavioral issues.
To ease the anxiety associated with shelter living, Project Night Night distributes Night Night Packages to homeless children ages 0-10. Each Night Night Package includes an age-
appropriate book, a baby blanket which can be cuddled, and a stuffed animal which can become a cherished friend. Finding comfort is vitally important for children in order to feel secure,
loved, and valued – even in the midst of the upheaval and uncertainty attendant to homelessness.
Project Night Night distributes over 25,000 books each year to homeless children. Children who are homeless often have lower academic achievement, exacerbated by frequent moves, lack
of privacy and psychological distress, than do children with homes. Many homeless children report that they had difficulty finding a quiet place to study or do homework while in the shelter.
Project Night Night utilizes donated “like-new” books and stuffed animals for our Night Night Packages. We have collection boxes and mail delivery locations for
donors to send items that might otherwise be discarded. Since 2005, Project Night Night has reused over 50,000 books and stuffed animals.
Project Night Night selects 1-2 college or graduate students each year in the San Francisco and Cleveland areas. Learn what it's like to grow a social enterprise while helping thousands of
homeless children. The ideal intern will be exceptionally motivated, organized, and a delight to be around. All internships are unpaid. The following list is an example of the type of
experience one might gain through an internship at our agency:
* Research opportunities
* Public relations and marketing
* Public speaking and community education
* Volunteer management
* Professional writing (grants, newsletters, training materials)
Interested Bay Area students should email a resume and cover letter to Kendra@ProjectNightNight.org with the word "Internship" in the subject line.
Interested Cleveland, Ohio area students should email a resume and cover letter to Jessica@ProjectNightNight.org with the word "Internship" in the subject line
*Homelessness Research Institute of the National Alliance to End Homelessness (January 2007).
Our mission is to provide free Night Night Packages to homeless children from birth to pre-
teen who need our childhood essentials to have a concrete and predictable source of
security and increased exposure to high-quality literacy materials during this time of
upheaval. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate
children's book, and a stuffed animal -- all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag.
Project Night Night works with tens of thousands of individuals each year who volunteer
their time and talents to make our world a better place.
Voted the "Best Children's Charity" by San Francisco Magazine, Project Night
Night has emerged as a leading provider of nighttime comforts for homeless children.
To learn more, please download our Press Kit.
25,000 homeless children receive Night Night Packages each year.
10,000 volunteers connect with and improve their communities annually.
150,000 children's books donated since 2005.
Tens of thousands of bad dreams vanquished.