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Community: Spectrum's Sleep Out for homeless teens

Many of us look forward to sleeping under the stars in the summer — but it's another thing entirely to be camping out in the cold. Unfortunately, many young Vermonters don't have any other option. Last March, Spectrum Youth & Family Services, a nonprofit nationally recognized for its homeless youth programs, held the inaugural Spectrum's Sleep out, in which 43 business and community leaders showed solidarity by slumbering outside on cardboard boxes and tarps. It raised $90,000 for Spectrum's programs supporting local teens and young adults. The Sleep Out is back this year on March 28, with participants committed to raising at least $2000 each for the cause. "We live in such a wonderful part of the world that it is often very easy to forget the challenges that many of our teens face," wrote Katie Langrock, Vermont Teddy Bear Company's senior vice president and COO, after participating last year. "Spectrum can help these teenagers change their lives."

Spectrum's Sleep Out: Find out who's participating, and how to donate, at spectrumvt.org.

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