12th Annual Cardboard Box City

Bogert Pavilion, Bogert Park

Upcoming Dates & Times

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 4:30pm -
Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 7:00am

Cardboard Box City gives community members a chance to experience a night in the life of a homeless family– outside, using cardboard and sturdy materials to shelter them from the elements.

For one night, kids, families, community groups, and more sleep outside and brave the elements in a creatively designed, built, and decorated cardboard structure of their choosing. It’s fun, it’s educational, and best of all, it’s an experience that will leave a lasting impression.

Games & Entertainment

We also want Cardboard Box City to be fun and exciting for people of all ages. We’ll have face painting, “crazy hair”, dancing, and plenty of backyard games. We’ll also have a DJ spinning records and playing tons of great music.

NEW: We will also have a service opportunity for kids and adults! We will have fleece blanket material at the event so that kids can make blankets for the kids and parents in our program. 


We ask all Cardboard Box City participants to raise $100 in pledges to support the families in our program. Most people will set a goal of 10 donations of $10 each. You can find pledge forms at http://www.familypromisegv.org/cardboard-box-city, or stop by our office at 429 E. Story St. to grab a few envelopes.


Finally, the main event! The many cardboard box designs are our favorite part of the event, and we’re so excited to see what everyone creates.

We encourage the use of multiple media types (paint, marker, newspaper, crayons, etc.). Keep in mind: your box only needs to serve one function: to act as your shelter for the night.

Boxes will need to be decorated prior to the event. At Cardboard Box City, your group will have from 4:30-6 p.m. to set up your box, and then it’s Parade time! This is your time to show off your box’s features and name your “house” slogan. After the Parade of Boxes, everyone will get a chance to vote for their favorite box. Best designs win prizes!