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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Human Services

Mission: Project Night Night provides individual tote bags containing a security blanket, age-appropriate books, and stuffed animals to homeless children in an effort to help homeless children have sweeter dreams. Homelessness affects every facet of a child's development, increasing the risk for developmental delays, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, heath concerns, and deficient social skills. Project Night Night believes that these devastating effects can be mitigated by receiving a good night's sleep. Inadequate sleep can cause decreases in performance, concentration, learning, and health. Sleep deprivation can also increase behavior and mood problems as well as memory lapses. Children in homeless shelters do not have the luxury of falling asleep in the pristine conditions we, as parents, try to create for our children. Instead, children in shelters often endure an overcrowded, noisy, and unfamiliar environment in their quest for sleep. At Project Night Night, we hope that by receiving a package of familiar objects such as a security blanket, books, and a stuffed animal, homeless children will be able to have sweeter dreams.

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: Project Night Night provides tens of thousands of our Night Night Packages to homeless children all across the country, with a concentration in California.

Community Stories

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Lynn94

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my 11th year volunteering with Project Night Night and I will tell you, this organization is needed now more than ever in our country! As I meet new shelter directors and social workers, they describe the need to care for our children as "critical" at this time. Human trafficking is real and it exists everywhere...even with the smallest of children. And with homelessness on the rise and no decline in sight, it becomes necessary to keep providing these seemingly small items that are making an enormous difference. Small comforts can be life changing for a child and that's why this organization means so much to me....I want to keep changing lives and making them better for ALL the children!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As good as it gets! The website is comprehensive and easy to use both for volunteers and for companies wishing to do service projects at their offices. Project Night Night responds to every email and makes every volunteer and donor feel important.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that serves 35,000 homeless kids every year. They care about them so much, and it shows!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met Project Night Night through as Salesforce event back in 2013. Their mission immediately hit home with me, as I had gone through a really tough period in my life a few years earlier where we flirted with homelessness, having struggled to make ends meet due to a job loss and a period of nearly 2 1/2 years of no full-time employment. It wasn't until I met Project Night Night did I realize how bad off it could have been for my children. I've supported them ever since with fund raising efforts at various Salesforce events throughout the year.

I've personally met Kendra and Jessica too - and they are by far the most caring, compassionate individuals on the face of this earth!

Project Night Night is changing lives!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to Project Night Night at a Salesforce MVP event. They were brought into the event to tell us about their mission and give us the opportunity to help assemble Night Night Packs. I instantly fell in love with the mission of helping homeless children feel a little more secure in an otherwise insecure situation. I support Project Night Night every chance I get - through donations of money, time or needed products. I even shaved off my beard once to support them! I hadn't been clean shaven in about 30 years - but I raised over $2,300 for doing that! Most certainly a worthy cause, run by some awesome people that I've had the pleasure of meeting in person too!

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Donor

Rating: 5

A simple mission that directly impacts families at risk. Motivates kids and parents to empathize, care and act.

1 Tracy127

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fun & easy to work with. Really making a difference in the community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project Night Night is an amazing nonprofit that truly places the emotional well-being of displaced children at the heart of their organization. I learned of Project Night Night about 3 years ago when a family friend was hosting a drive. I absolutely loved the concept and decided to host my own drive the following year. The content (a book, stuffie, & blanket) is so simple and yet the effects are profound. The staff is genuine and wonderful to work with, especially Jessica Bryan as she as been my constant contact. This year to elevate PNN to a larger platform within my community as I believe their mission is essential to the health & well-being of our displaced youth, I had the pleasure of organizing a drive with Kent State University, College of Nursing and Delta Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. With the help of 11 Colleges within the University & our chapter members we were able to put together 447 night night packages. The result allowed us to directly impact the health of our local youth and live the mission of STTI, which is to advance world health and nursing excellence through, scholarship, leadership, and service.

I look forward to volunteering again with PNN in the near future.

1 Lynn94

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my 11th year volunteering with Project Night Night and I will tell you, this organization is needed now more than ever in our country! As I meet new shelter directors and social workers, they describe the need to care for our children as "critical" at this time. Human trafficking is real and it exists everywhere...even with the smallest of children. And with homelessness on the rise and no decline in sight, it becomes necessary to keep providing these seemingly small items that are making an enormous difference. Small comforts can be life changing for a child and that's why this organization means so much to me....I want to keep changing lives and making them better for ALL the children!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love, love, love this organization! These ladies work tirelessly to give children a little tote full of love! The night night totes provided by Project Night Night are so simple yet so incredibly valuable to the children receiving them. Every child deserves a blanket, a lovey and a great book! Proud to have helped deliver thousands of totes over the last 10years.

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1 Elizabeth112

Board Member

Rating: 5

Project Night Night is amazing ! I have been a volunteer and board member for years and there is nothing better than knowing that I am helping shelter children to feel safe and secure, and to help with promoting literacy. The book, blanket and stuffie are so necessary during such a critical time in a child's life. I feel so lucky to be able to help and to be part of this incredible organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Project Night Night for close to 10 years and I could not love this organization more! PNN helps shelter children to feel safe and secure with simple comfort items. What could be easier and better? Project Night Night has also been there to aid children displaced because of the many natural disasters over the years. Living in California, I have seen the direct impact this can make given the recent fires. It makes me feel so honored to be part of this cause -- my family and I love to volunteer our time and donate to PNN and will do for years to come.

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1 Julie W.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year volunteering with Project Night Night has been a blessing to the organizations we serve, and to everyone who works with, and supports, us. These items we donate truly benefit the children, showing them love and comfort at a time when they are most frightened and vulnerable. It's been a privilege to be able to help out, and to let the community know about the problem of child homelessness! Julie

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Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter worked with Project Night Night for her bat mitzvah project with one of her oldest friends, and it was so simple, but yet so meaningful for both of them. They were able to share their favorite books and stuffed animals with children that were less fortunate. They were able to write notes of encouragement for each bag, to help homeless kids feel a little safer in their new environment. The staff at Project Night Night were so helpful in making our event run smoothly. The kids were really able to understand how their participation helped other. I love this organization!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the years that I have been involved with Project Night Night, both as a supporter and then as a Board Member, my admiration for the organization has only continued to grow as I see the positive impact that PNN has made on the lives of hundreds of thousands of homeless children across the country. As a Board member and donor, I appreciate how clear and focused Project Night Night's mission is - I know what the organization is trying to accomplish, how many kids they have served, and where my money is going - all things that are important to me in supporting an organization. And as a new mom, who now understands firsthand the importance of the bedtime routine to my daughter, I am reminded of just how important it is for a child to have the comforts of the items that PNN provides in Night Night packages. I am proud to be on the Board of this fabulous organization and look forward to championing PNN's mission for many years to come so that we can reach thousands more kids who are just waiting for the joy of a PNN tote to land in their laps!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I got involved with Project Night Night, and later became an Advisory Board member because I am passionate about Project Night Night's mission, which serves a specific need in the lives of homeless children living in shelters across the United States. While there are many organizations that focus on providing housing/shelter for homeless youth, PNN focuses on the the emotional and educational needs of homeless children, providing security, stability, and a sense of worth to children by providing them with a brand new tote containing a book, blanket, and stuffed animal. PNN is a well-run organization, that has sought to increase its reach and impact over, while staying focused on its core mission. Project Night Night's ability to provide an immediate and direct positive impact to the children it serves makes it a truly special organization, and one that I am proud to support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great way for my teenage daughters to give back to the local community!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This group of dedicated, hardworking volunteers has all my respect. If only you could see the babies comforted by their efforts. Bless them all!

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Donor

Rating: 5

as a librarian, I am especially gratified that one of the 4 items this group feels is necessary to make a child in transition safe and happy is their own book.

Sara L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Night Night tackles homelessness with kindness and caring for young children placed into situations that are often scary and filled with uncertainty. Their individual tote bags filled with a blanket, stuffed animal and book offer comfort and compassion. I can’t say enough positive things about this organization, they’ve even donated bags to my local shelter which was a tremendous blessing.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work they are doing. I was trying to participate awhile back and they were so helpful in working with me to get the blankets to their location. This is a loving and kind organization that is helping children, how great is that??!! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Reese and I’m 11. I bake cakes for Donations and buy totes from Project Night night and fill them with books, blankets and stuffies that I buy from my donations. I looked for a place to donate and found Wayside Mission in Louisville. I now go to the Mission every week and read and play games with the young kids. I’m so grateful for PNN to give me a place to help others!

Shere M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful program and wonderful folks! Project Night Night rocks!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Night Night is a great organization to work with. They are very professional and you really feel you are making a difference in the community around you.

April Canter W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization! Their mission is exactly what my son was looking for when he wanted to donate 1/3 of his allowance savings. He said he wanted to help “homeless children” and we found Project Night Night.

1 tambojones

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported Project Night Night for years and they've always been lovely to work with. There are few things more awesome for kids than a blanket, stuffed animal, and a storybook. Project Night Night makes sure even homeless kids get their own cozy-awesome!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An incredible mission that has made it so easy to contribute. I began with filling bags myself, interested friends, local businesses jumped in and it took on a life of its own. Not only is it a worthy mission, it makes everyone involved feel good.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a teacher, I see how important this organization is to children.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This makes over 10 years of volunteering with Project Night Night because the need never stops. It brings such joy to these homeless children to have this gift greet them when they enter a shelter. Volunteering is easy and makes such an incredible impact, but I also support Project Night Night with my wallet. It's an incredibly lean organization that really knows how to stretch a dollar. I'm proud of where my money and time go because I know what an impact both make on the lives of children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We just finished a big project at our town summer camp collecting blankets, books and stuffed animals, and getting over 100 packages ready for needy kids in a nearby community. The teen counselors loved the assembly and the younger kids were so proud to bring in their donations. Project Night Night is a great organization to volunteer for, donate too, and receive packages from. The shelters are so grateful for these hand-assembled bags and it feels really good to also support literacy through distributing books.

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1 Shannon121

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Memphis area has a lot of poverty and hundreds of children in shelters. With the support and guidance of the Project Night Night Board, we formed a local team three years ago, and to date have delivered 2,478 tote bags to our shelters! On behalf of our team and the kids in Memphis, THANK YOU, Project Night Night!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I read about PNN and instantly recognized the idea as elegant, simple, and critically needed. I couldn't find any volunteers in Memphis so a few of us started asking for donations. We now deliver totes to local shelters and family service agencies year-round, and have gotten amazing feedback from our community. Shelter program directors tell us about the joy and comfort that the items bring to the children, and that the parent is grateful as well. I wish that the need was not there, but as long as it is, PNN is making a huge difference in so many communities like mine.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Project Night Night for two years now. It is hands-down the most rewarding non-profit to get involved in. It is the most wonderful way to teach my children how to make a positive, direct impact on the lives of other children in our community. Filling and delivering these Night Night bags and seeing smiles on the faces of the children receiving them is an amazing experience. Thank you Project Night Night for giving my family and I such an easy, hands-on experience!!

1 Jessica229

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to have been involved with Project Night Night since inception in 2005. It is an honor and a privilege to work with this team. It is heart warming to see the compassion of the public in wanting to make an positive impact in the lives of homeless children. The thousands of volunteers each year, who rally around this mission, speaks volumes for the necessity of this type of program. I believe it is not only the mission, but the personal touch of Project Night Night's staff that brings volunteers back year after year.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to have been involved with Project Night Night since inception in 2005. It is an honor and a privilege to work with this team. It is heart warming to see the compassion of the public in wanting to make an positive impact in the lives of homeless children. The thousands of volunteers each year, who rally around this mission, speaks volumes for the necessity of this type of program. I believe it is not only the mission, but the personal touch of Project Night Night's staff that brings volunteers back year after year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so amazed how "project night night" captured our hearts. My daughter and I wanted to volunteer to make a difference, and babies and children have always been near and dear to our hearts. The project night night website made it so easy to get involved and the people at this organization were wonderful to work with. We raised enough money to assemble 31 bags and delivered them to the local shelter in need for their Easter party for the children. Thank you project night night! This small project made our Easter brighter!

1 Kate112

Donor

Rating: 5

Thanks to the Bloggess, I learned of this charity a few years ago. I love that I can see exactly where my donation is going and the good it's doing for actual people. The PNN folks have found a need to fill and have done an amazingly caring job of filling that need. I know there are a lot of children who are comforted by their efforts who would otherwise be scared and have nothing to call their own.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My favorite part of Project Night Night is that I get to see the direct impact that our hard work has on the children. When I bring the totes to the shelters, the shelter directors RUN out the car, and they are spilling over with stories about how our totes have made a difference with the children. I love that the personal connection PNN has with the volunteers, donors and with the shelters. I can tell you which volunteer made which blanket, which shelter the blanket went to, and what he shelter director said about the donation. It is the personal connection that makes PNN special. There is a very unique link between the village that makes us run: donors, quilters, shleppers, cheerleaders, drivers, volunteers, Fedex drivers, shelter directors, and PNN. Each person involved is a part of a larger story and each person involved knows that story. This makes us special: it is about ALL of us. It is not just about helping the homeless, it is about making ALL of us better, more involved people. Together, we all rise up.

3 ChiDevil

Board Member

Rating: 5

Project Night Night is a wonderful organization that is so easy to get behind - helping the most innocent and vulnerable victims of homelessness. It is easy to volunteer and it is a great way to introduce even young kids to the idea of charitable giving.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love Project Night Night. It fills an incredibly important need for kids who are in an incomprehensibly difficult situation. It is also a great opportunity to have kids help other kids as it is an easy volunteer opportunity for kids of all ages. I have been so proud to help with this organization and have loved having my kids pitch in as well.

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2 Caroline49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time is tight. I am selective and informed when I decide on a cause to support. Project Night Night is a wonderful cause that fulfills an important need in our society. It addresses two things that are important to me…homelessness and children. I have involved my own children in supporting this wonderful organization and we have all become better people because of it. PNN is insanely organized, efficient and well run. You can be sure - your efforts, time and money are always put to the best use. No matter where I go or how much money I have…I will ALWAYS have room in my calendar and my checkbook for Project Night Night.

2 Noam H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We organized this in my daughter's kindergarden class. The parents all brought it in stuffed animals, blankets and books. The teachers got the kids to pack the bags. Very rewarding experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

PNN does such an amazing job providing comforts to children who have lost so much. Their packages give kids a light of hope during a very difficult time!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past several years I have both donated to and volunteered for Project Night Night because I absolutely love this organization's mission - to provide comfort to displaced children. Having children of my own, I realize that there is nothing that soothes a child more at bedtime than to have a special blanket and/or stuffed animal with them. Project Night Night provides children in need with both of these items, as well as with a book. Having delivered "Night Night packages" to a shelter myself, I have seen first-hand how excited the children are to receive their new books, stuffed animals and blankets. Project Night Night is a wonderful charity and is really making a difference in the lives of kids in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is amazing. I am so grateful for a charity that can DIRECTLY impact kids. My family has supported PNN for 10 years. What I love most about it is that children can help other children. PNN has single handedly taught my children that they CAN directly impact those in need. It is simple. It is cost effective. It changes lives. Nothing warmed my heart more than seeing a young child open up the PNN bag and watching her face light up.

3 Jenny95

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For over eight years now, my children have grown up participating in an annual Project Night Night drive in our Boston-area suburb. The act of giving has shaped my children's values and the beautiful simplicity of Project Night Night's model has made both the concept and act of volunteerism very accessible. The Project Night Night staff have been tirelessly supportive and helpful along the way. This is a nonprofit that positively impacts everyone, both on the giving and receiving end!