What would it take to survive? How would you stay warm? Would you even be able to sleep at all?

C-U at Home One Winter Night will take place on February 7, 2020, in downtown Champaign. This is our ninth time to hold this signature community event to raise awareness and funds to help the homeless in our community.

At One Winter Night, we ask community members and leaders to spend the entire night, 12 hours, outside in a cardboard refrigerator box. This simulation is merely a snapshot of what our "friends without an address" experience every night. Each person willing to take on this challenge is called a box dweller and we ask that individual to raise at least $1,000 for C-U at Home. We would love to have you join us as a box dweller for One Winter Night 2020!

It is guaranteed to forever change your perspective on homelessness and our friends without an address.

Each participant will receive a personal fundraising page to share with friends, family, co-workers, employers, or business contacts. Check out our FAQ's below and see what some of our previous box dwellers have said about their experience!


Box Dweller Resources


Do I need to bring my own box?

No, we provide all boxes!


What if I am not able to raise $1,000?

Have no fear! It is much easier to raise $1,000 than you might think. We equip you with a fundraising page, which allows you to share the cause with your friends and family via email or social media.

However, if for some reason you are not able to raise all of the funds, that's okay. We are thankful for your involvement and any amount of money you are able to raise. We even collect donations two weeks after the event itself to give you more time.


Can my kids participate with me?

Yes! In fact, one year we had eighteen kids that volunteered to be box dwellers with their parents!


What am I allowed to bring?

Please see the Box Dweller Handbook for more information on this. But the basics are this: you can dress in as many layers as you want and bring as many blankets and/or sleeping bags as you want. Personal heaters or other warming devices are not allowed (I mean come on, this is about the experience too!).

Fundraising Page Help

How do I create my fundraising page?

You will receive an email from our Executive Director, Rob Dalhaus, which will contain the link you need to sign up and create your page. If you need help creating your page, we can do it for you (email aleta@cuathome.us) or you can watch this quick 2 minute video for help (start at 24 seconds).


Do you have any fundraising tips?


Is there a form I can use to ask a business to sponsor me as a box dweller?

Yes! You can use our Business Sponsorship Form. Have them fill it out and then send it back in to us!


How do I share my fundraising page to social media, send an email to friends, or manage other items?

View this awesome video on your Participant Fundraising Center that will show you how to do everything!


You can also check out our other resources here:

Participant Guide

Box Dweller Testimonials