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Why Should You Volunteer for a Nonprofit Organization?

If you're thinking about volunteering for a nonprofit organization but haven't entirely made up your mind, don't feel bad--it's a big decision and requires a true commitment. However, volunteering is absolutely worth it--and here's why.

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The U.S. Children's Sleep Crisis and Its Effects on the Next Generation

Sleep is a basic human need, especially for kids who are growing, exploring, and learning about their world. The sad truth, though, is that too many U.S. children don't have beds to sleep in--a crisis affecting everything from grades to health to self-esteem. Luckily, people are finding creative ways to help.

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The Success of Bunks Across America

In 2017, Sleep in Heavenly Peace had about 10 chapters. Thanks to some national exposure from household names like Mike Rowe and CNN, by June of 2018, SHP grew to roughly 40 active chapters. And fast forward to right now, we've grown to become a national organization made up of 150 chapters who are out to solve a national crisis.

On Saturday, June 15th, communities across the country joined SHP and its supporters during our very first national build day and the response has been enormous. To all those who took part in this herculean effort—thank you! It is because of good people like you that SHP will be able to continue to tackle the national problem of bedlessness.

Bunks Across America brought together 108 chapters and 8,534 volunteers in 38 states across the country for one united purpose, to help 5,459 kids off the floor in their town.

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A Snapshot of How SHP's Nonprofit Donations Are Used

You may wonder how SHP uses all the funds we receive from generous donors. Well, simply put, we aren’t like some nonprofits that use 90% for overhead with 10% actually going to the cause. In fact, we’re almost the exact opposite of those other nonprofits.

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Chapter Spotlight: TX, Houston-NW

At Sleep in Heavenly Peace, we've been fortunate to be able to spread our mission across more than 125 different chapters. And within each of those chapters, you'll find inspiring and unique stories behind the why's and the how's of how their SHP journey got started. 

In TX, Houston-NW you'll find Gary Akin; Chapter President and SHP Enthusiast. This is a treasured Chapter that we'd like to share with you to give you a glimpse of their unique contributions to the SHP family. 

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Chapter Spotlight: Missoula Valley, MT

At Sleep in Heavenly Peace, we've been fortunate to be able to spread our mission across more than 125 different chapters. And within each of those chapters, you'll find inspiring and unique stories behind the why's and the how's of how their SHP journey got started. 

In Missoula Valley, MT you'll find Chris Lunde; Chapter President and SHP Enthusiast. This is a treasured Chapter that we'd like to share with you to give you a glimpse of their unique contributions to the SHP family. 

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Humans Helping Humans

As a parent struggling to make ends meet, one of the most gut-wrenching things that can happen is to have someone deny you and your family help because you don't believe the same things they do, look the way they want you to, or affiliate with the things they do. Sadly, many have experienced this. Maybe you have.  

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A Tribute to Bev Parsons

On June 19, 2018, Bev Parsons received terrible news of her terminal illness. She was given two months to live.

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A Story from Chapter Presidents Wendell and Carol Gramlich

About five years ago, Wendell Gramlich’s wife, Carol, was at a local school in West Wayne County, Michigan, where she worked with a student who was no longer progressing with his school work and was falling asleep in class. Carol found out that over Christmas Break, this student had lost his bed and had been sleeping on the floor. When Carol came home, she mentioned this student to Carol and Wendell’s thirteen year old daughter. Their daughter asked how much a mattress would cost, and used some of her own savings to get this student a mattress. Staff at the school donated a headboard and a frame, and soon the student began to progress in his studies without issue.

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SHP's Luke Mickelson Makes CNN's 2018 Top 10 Heroes

In 2012, when Luke Mickelson of Sleep in Heavenly Peace and his family took the time to build a few bunk beds for local children that were sleeping on the floor, they never could have imagined the long-term effects of that decision. 

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