Carlisle, PA August 1, 2016-Carlisle CARES will hold a sleep-out on Thursday, August 4, 2016 to raise awareness of the need for volunteers. CARES programs provided life’s necessities to Cumberland County’s homeless. At 8:00 PM on Thursday local supporters will gather in the lawn of First Presbyterian Carlisle – located at 2 N. Hanover St., Carlisle- to spend the night.
The purpose for the sleep-out is to help bring a need to the forefront and ask the community for their help to fulfill this need. The programs at CARES are in dire need of volunteers. Throughout the year, CARES depends on the support of more than 150 volunteers to staff the Resource Center (a day program), drive the bus, and spend the night at the shelter. It is because of them, the volunteers, close to 400 individuals a year find the help they need at CARES.
Among those who receive services are babies, moms, dads, veterans, elderly, sick, and mentally ill. These folks count on – every night – someone to give their time so they have a safe and secure place to sleep, somewhere out of the elements. Not sure what you can do? There are many opportunities available across many different areas.
Director Shari Bellish explains: “We try not to add expenses by having paid staff at our shelter. It’s daunting, because it’s 365 nights of the year. We are the only shelter in Cumberland County that runs our shelter 100 percent with overnight volunteers. That’s a big job. Other shelters have had to close because they lose the funding to pay overnights. We don’t want to have to do that [close due to shortage of overnight staff], and that’s why we need volunteers.”
About Carlisle C.A.R.E.S.
Founded in 2004, Carlisle C.A.R.E.S (Combined Area Resource for Emergency Shelter) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those in need. We provide shelter when no other shelter can be found.