How We Help
We provide the means, the opportunity, and the structure for community-minded individuals and corporations to make an ongoing and lasting impact on their communities. Through our
direct partnership with hundreds of shelters, we place our Night Night Packages in the hands of over 25,000 homeless children each year.
Project Night Night offers a comprehensive approach to assistance by impacting as many areas in need as possible. We help the environment by establishing drop-off locations where
individuals can donate their like-new children's items rather than seeing them disposed of into landfills. We also focus on the education of homeless children by donating over 25,000
children's books each year. Finally, we attend to the emotional needs of homeless children through the carefully-tailored comfort items that we donate in each Night Night Package.
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).
To provide Night Night Packages, free of charge, to homeless children from birth to pre-
teen who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and
significant. 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 establishes a foundation for lasting change through the hands-
on volunteer opportunities that we provide to tens of thousands of individuals each year.
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.