Box City

Create a meaningful and thoughtful experience -challenge your students to live in a box for one night! 

As a part of Alabama Rural Ministry’s 10th Annual Sweet Homes for Alabama fundraising campaign, we will be holding an event called “Box City,” and we’re inviting you to be a part of it! Our Sweet Homes for Alabama campaign is our largest annual fundraiser where we are seeking to raise $100,000 in order to eliminate substandard housing in rural Alabama. We’re not just seeking to raise funds though; we are also hoping to educate others about poverty and the housing crisis in Alabama, and that’s where Box City fits in.

For the Auburn/Opelika Area – Fri Oct 6:

Box City will be an event where we invite college students to join us for a night of sleeping in boxes or cars to raise awareness about poverty housing in our community. We are reaching out to different campus ministries and organizations to ask if they’ll join us for this event and partner with us by setting a fundraising goal as a campus ministry or organization of $100 or more! Click here to sign up your group!

What will the night in Auburn look like?

Schedule:  7:30pm-9:30 PM: Arrive and set up boxes/cars

10:00 PM: Housing/poverty discussion with Lisa Pierce, Executive Director of ARM

7:00am- Departure

Date: Friday, October 6th – Come set up your boxes/park your cars between 7:00 and 9:30 PM
Where: Auburn Wesley Foundation lawn/Auburn UMC parking lot (131 S. Gay St.)
  • Click here to sign up your group!
  • Download or print Flyers for the event!
  • Bring $5 and a box or a car and spend the night helping us raise funds and awareness about poverty in this community
Questions: Check out the FAQ or email

 Once we set a goal, how do we achieve it?

  1. Invite others to participate ($5/person)
  2. Encourage others to stop by and donate during Box City–there will be a collection box
  3. Encourage others to stop by and see Lisa and donate while she is living in the shack on the front lawn of the Auburn Wesley Foundation from October 4th-10th
  4. Donate online

For churches/groups outside of Auburn:

Look below for the basics of how we are setting this up in Auburn with college students. You can use this same outline. We will send you some vignettes and information about housing in Alabama. Use the night to worship and have discussion about those who live on extremely limited incomes and face housing challenges. How do you get started?

Step 1:

Download the Sweet Homes Kit for Churches to check out all the ways your church can engage! 

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find in the kit:

  • Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Pages:It only takes 5-10 minutes to setup a personalized online giving page that you can share with your social media networks! Your church, Sunday School class, or youth group could setup a page and/or individuals could set up their own pages too!
  • Wheelbarrow of Change: Set up a wheelbarrow in with your youth, children, or visible place in your church. Encourage people to put change into anytime from September-October. Cash the change in and send ARM the proceeds.
  • Cardboard Box City: This is great for youth groups or families. Pick a weekend night and set up boxes to sleep in. Not quite substandard housing but it does connect us with helping to keep our families from becoming homeless. It is an intentional way to be uncomfortable. You can set up your wheelbarrow to collect money or use our donation page for online gifts.
  • Build your own shack: We have plans you can use and construct your own shack. It is designed for 2-3 people to stay in at one time. Create options for people to stay in the evening or over the weekend.

Step 2:

Click here to sign up your church for the Sweet Homes Campaign and let us know how you’ll be involved!



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