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.
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.
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 30,000 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.
How to Help
We believe that small actions can make a big difference in the lives of children.
Please visit “Get Involved” for all of the ways to help Project Night Night and the children whom we serve.
Project Night Night selects 1-2 college or graduate students each year in the San Francisco and Detroit 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 Detroit area students should email a resume and cover letter to Jessica@ProjectNightNight.org with the word “Internship” in the subject line