Horizon Launches “Stay a Night, Give a Night” Campaign to Fundraise for the Seattle Homeless

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Creative approach enables Seattle locals to host travelers while fundraising for Mary’s Place

Horizon, a private home-sharing platform, is launching Stay a Night, Give a Night campaign to allocate tourism dollars to help those who need it most: families and children experiencing homelessness. Horizon matches travelers visiting Seattle with local hosts. As thanks, travelers donate $14, the equivalent of one night of shelter for a homeless person for every night they stay (plus a $10 service fee). Donations will support Mary’s Place, a leading nonprofit organization empowering homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives.

“Giving back to the local community is an important way for tourists to form meaningful travel experiences. This campaign allows tourism dollars to directly impact a societal challenge on the minds of Seattle residents: homelessness,” says Horizon co-founder Drew Meyers.

In Seattle alone, an estimated 1,200 children sleep outside every night. With $14, Mary’s Place can provide a child with one night of food, shelter, and stability.

Horizon needs locals to join the movement and support the cause. To be a part of Stay a Night, Give a Night:
1. Sign up as a local host for Seattle-bound travelers and join your community in raising funds to shelter the homeless.
2. Local companies can support Horizon’s mission to do good while also reaching an audience of Seattle residents and inbound travelers.

For Seattleites, the campaign provides locals an opportunity for cultural exchange and the chance to combat the pressing social issue of homeless right here in our own community.

How it Works:
1. Sign up for an account and list your accommodations details—your listing will always remain private.
2. When travelers express an interest, Horizon shares potential hosting opportunities with you.
3. If you accept, we will facilitate the connection.

For travelers, there's a clear win: cost savings compared to a vacation rental or hotel, in addition to experiencing Seattle with the help of a local.

“Exploring a new city with advice from vetted locals beats all other travel experiences hands down. Travelers have better experiences when equipped with insider tips, introductions, and knowledge. Horizon not only provides that, but I feel great that my travel dollars help address urgent social challenges,” says CityBldr co-founder Bryan Copley, who stayed with a Horizon host on a previous business trip to New York, and whose company is a launch sponsor for the campaign.

For travelers, this is how it works:

1. Complete the accommodation request form with details about your upcoming trip to Seattle and prepay $14 per night (plus a $10 service fee).
2. Horizon then matches you with a Seattle host—if a match can't be found, your contribution is refunded.
3. You enjoy visiting Seattle for a fraction of the cost of a hotel or vacation rental, receive insider advice from your host, and help house the homeless in the process!

Horizon is on a mission to make travel accessible to everyone by enabling shared hospitality among trusted communities. “Horizon’s ‘Stay a Night, Give a Night’ campaign is a creative way for locals to impact how travelers experience Seattle while also helping them determine how tourism dollars can have the strongest impact on one of our city’s most pressing social issue” said Steve Johnson, CEO of Impact Hub Seattle, one of Horizon’s longstanding supporters.

To join as a host, sign up here (http://www.horizonapp.co/stay-night-give-night/host-signup). Travelers interested in matching with a local Seattle host should start here (http://www.horizonapp.co/stay-night-give-night/).

About Horizon
Horizon is a private home sharing platform for friends, friends of friends, and communities (such as Peace Corps & StartingBloc) to find places to stay and live with each other. Horizon’s offering includes an innovative and integrated give back model prompting travelers to thank hosts by making a donation. Horizon was founded in June of 2014 and is based in Seattle.

For more information, visit http://www.horizonapp.co, or email press(at)horizonapp(dot)co.

About Mary’s Place
Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations. The organization empowers families to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope, and dignity—this work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help them find housing and employment. Mary’s Place inspires the community to support Seattle’s homeless women, children, and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism, and philanthropy.

For more information, visit http://www.marysplaceseattle.org, or email linda(at)maryplaceseattle(dot)org.

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