While we can’t be together in person, Horizons has created a calendar of engaging virtual events open to our community. We want to maintain the sense of community and collective enthusiasm for our mission and hope you’ll participate in all or some of the events below that appeal to you. Stay tuned as we regularly update this page with new virtual events!
Early Education: Vital Infrastructure for Healthy Families and a Robust Economy
Join Horizons’ CEO, Kate Barrand, and two national leaders in early childhood development, Lauren Kennedy Co-founder, Neighborhood Villages, Dr. Megan Sandel, a pediatrician from Boston Medical Center and Children’s Health Watch, for a virtual panel discussion — Early Education: Vital Infrastructure for Healthy Families and a Robust Economy on Thursday, July 16 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.As Massachusetts begins to reopen its economy, the role of accessible, high-quality early education and care in supporting a diverse and productive workforce has come to the forefront. Families who cannot access high-quality early learning programs are not able to work or pursue educational goals that will improve their employment options. Furthermore, their children may not be prepared for Kindergarten, resulting in an achievement gap that impacts future learning and career success.
Learn how Horizons for Homeless Children is working with partners to provide services and support to parents and children facing adversity, closing the achievement gap for children and helping parents build the skills and resiliency they need to secure their families’ well-being.
This panel discussion is complementary and will offer guests the opportunity to learn more about best-practices in helping vulnerable families achieve financial and emotional security. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Playtime with Horizons:
Now your kids can experience the fun too!
Our Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs) are volunteers who typically spend time playing with children living in homeless shelters. Over these last months they have had to adjust how playtime is delivered. Now your children can experience the same fun in a session intended just for children of Horizons’ friends and supporters. They can join us for virtual playtime and you can see firsthand the valuable experiences Horizons Playspace team delivers. Our experts will share activities, crafts and storytime via Zoom to keep kids engaged and enriched. This 45-minute session is appropriate for children aged 5-10 and will be hosted by Horizons’ Playspace team. To register, email email@example.com.
Date: July 15, 2020
Time: 10:30 am
Playspace Virtual Trivia Night
Maintaining social distance but looking for a chance to connect? We’re inviting our Playspace team, both current and former PALs for a night of Virtual Trivia! Build a team of four or come as an individual and be paired with some potential new friends. Either way, your knowledge will be tested on a variety of trivia topics in a fun virtual environment. Share this event with friends and encourage them to join your team or start one of their own!
Date: Thursday, July 30
Route for Kids: Horizons’ Virtual 5K, 10K, Half Marathon
Give yourself some training motivation and participate in Horizons’ virtual run (or walk!) in honor of this year’s Boston Marathon team. Choose your own route and distance, register and begin your training. Share in the knowledge that you’re advancing your fitness and the future of children experiencing homelessness!
Want to to double your impact? You can setup your individual or team fundraiser through the registration page by clicking here. The top 50 fundraisers will receive a specialized Horizons t-shirt.
- 5K (3.1 miles) – $25
- 10K (6.2 miles) – $35
- Half Marathon (13.1 miles) – $45
Date: Friday, August 28- Sunday, August 30, 2020
Interested in fundraising your own way for Horizons?
Friends of Horizons have harnessed the power of Do It Yourself Fundraising, the idea of raising money for the organizations you love, by doing activities you love! Draw inspiration from or join one the DIY fundraisers below.
The MA –> NY Bike Ride for Horizons
Pick a weekend from July 3rd through September 7th to ride the distance of your choice. A friend of Horizons, Bruno Godinho, is riding 160 miles, the distance from Boston to New York and is using his ride as a reason to fundraise for Horizons for Homeless Children. Visit his fundraising page, click “Join” and ride your bike wherever and however far works for you. There are no fundraising or fitness requirements. It’s a fun fitness goal for avid or recreational riders.
Date: Any weekend between July 3 and September 7