Logistics:

Timeframe:
90-120 minutes
Location:
Meeting venue ballroom or your office space
Space Requirement:
Consider same approximate space you would use for your group’s meal + space for challenges
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Our service members are deployed across the globe, going in harm’s way to preserve and protect our freedom. Unfortunately, when many heroes come home, they begin a new battle that is tough to overcome: homelessness. More than 1 in 10 homeless adults is a veteran.
 
The “Stand Down” concept was created during the Vietnam War and provided a safe retreat, food, clean clothes, and more for units returning from combat operations. Community “Stand Downs” take place in cities country wide to support homeless veterans by providing needed food, clothing and other basic needs. In this customized “Stand Down” event attendees support homeless veterans by donating basic needs/hygiene care kits and blankets for local homeless veterans.
 
Teams first compete in “military-themed challenge activities to score points (it IS a competition) and to earn access to the donation materials. Challenges include a variety of military-themed activities such as the “Rocket Launch Challenge”, “Boot Camp”, “Famous Army TV/Movie Trivia Challenge” and “Battleship”. Team points are tallied by facilitators while squads get to work assembling their donation of hygiene care kits (each with a handwritten message of encouragement) and hand-woven blankets. In a meaningful grand finale, the beneficiary representative takes the stage to thank the group in person and raise awareness about the wonderful and meaningful work the organization does in the local community.

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