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Tips for First-Time Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering but aren't sure where to start? Do you wonder which volunteer opportunities are right for you, your schedule, and your community? Worry no more! Today we're here with some tips for first-timers just like you, so you'll be ready to get out there and get started!

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Why Local Volunteering Matters

There are so many volunteer opportunities available these days that it can be challenging to know where to start. After all, you can't help everyone, even though you might want to. The good news, though, is that you don't have to let that stress you out. Finding a local nonprofit that is doing good work in your community is an easy way to get started.

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Help Support SHP This GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday has become more than just a day to give to nonprofits that people believe in. It's become a global movement and one that SHP wants to invite you to be part of.

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Why Kids Need Sleep

Most adults will tell you that sleep is their best friend--although, for some reason, kids never seem to agree! For many kids, that's just because bedtime is boring or they're not ready to stop playing. But for others, it might be because they don't have a bed to sleep in. Let's take a look at the scientific reasons why kids need a good night's rest (and a safe, comfortable bed, too).

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Our Mission: Children Need a Bed of Their Own

I’m not a doctor. I’m not a nurse. I’m not in a medical-related professional of any kind. I didn’t even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. That said, before I try to emphasize how important a good night sleep is to a child, let me first state that the thoughts I’m about to share are a mixture of research, opinion, and common sense. Good to have that off my chest. Now let’s get started:

Over the past five years I have helped build over 1,000 beds. I have also personally delivered hundreds of beds to children in need. Many of these children were sleeping on couches, or air mattresses. Many others were sharing beds with parents and multiple siblings. And, unfortunately, many of those children were sleeping directly on the floor. When it comes to the sleeping conditions of children, at this point I feel like I have seen it all.

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Volunteering: A New Take on Team Building

Team-building activities are an essential step toward making sure everyone is communicating effectively, working efficiently, and trusting one another. But can team building activities do even more? Read on to find out!

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Volunteer Opportunities with SHP

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in a kid's life in your community? Do you want to have fun while contributing to a great cause? No matter who you are or what you can do, we have volunteer opportunities that would be a perfect fit--and we'd love to have you.

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4 Benefits of Donating Money to Charity

When you think about donating money to charity, you probably come up with some undeniable benefits. For example, you're helping to change the world. However, there's also a long list of charitable donations' personal, mental, and emotional benefits. It can even lower stress and help you to be healthier. When you give to charity, you're not just helping others; you're helping yourself too!

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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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