Our Causes | How The Sleep Shirt Gives Back

We believe in giving back, both locally and internationally. Here are the causes we support.

Howe Sound Women’s Centre (British Columbia, Canada) – Current

Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society was formed as a grassroots organization dedicated to the prevention of violence against women and support for women, youth and children impacted by violence, conflict and abuse. Comprising of 34 passionate employees and a dedicated volunteer base, it serves the needs of women and children throughout the Sea to Sky Corridor including Pemberton, Whistler, and Squamish.

The Sleep Shirt makes regular donations to the Howe Sounds Women’s Centre. We have also organised special fundraising promotions to support the centre, and donated sleepwear for Christmas baskets given to impacted women.

Urban Native Youth Association (British Columbia, Canada) – Current

The Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) is the centre of Indigenous youth excellence, supporting youth on their journeys by amplifying and celebrating their voices. Our Vision: Empowered Indigenous youth leading and inspiring all Nations.

The Sleep Shirt makes regular donations to UNYA.

Médecins Sans Frontières (International) – Current

Médecins Sans Frontières, also known in English as Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organisation of French origin best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases.

We believe that access to healthcare is a human right for all, which is why we donate a portion of our proceeds to Médecins Sans Frontières every year.

Hogan’s Alley Society (British Columbia, Canada) – 2020

The Hogan’s Alley Society (HAS) is a non-profit organization composed of civil rights activists, business professionals, community organizations, artists, writers and academics committed to daylighting the presence of Black history in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia. HAS adopts a research-driven approach to community development that seeks to preserve and promote the historical, cultural, societal and economic contributions made by Black Settlers and their descendants to Vancouver, Greater Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

The Sleep Shirt has made a donation to HAS.

The Nap Ministry (Chicago and Atlanta, United States) – 2019

The Nap Ministry was founded in 2016 by Tricia Hersey and is an organization that examines the liberating power of naps. They engage with the power of performance art, site-specific installations, and community organizing to install sacred and safe spaces for the community to rest together. They facilitate immersive workshops and curate performance art that examines rest as a radical tool for community healing. They believe rest is a form of resistance and name sleep deprivation as a racial and social justice issue.

The Sleep Shirt has donated eyemasks for The Nap Ministry’s collective napping experiences, and has provided sleepwear for photoshoots.

Northwest Connecticut Arts Council (Litchfield County, Connecticut) – 2019

The mission of the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council (NCAC) is to promote the arts and cultural resources of Northwestern Connecticut as integral contributors to the quality of life in the region, to assist all artists and cultural organisations in their efforts to thrive, and to inform the general public about, and give access to the arts and culture of the region.

The Sleep Shirt partner John Favreau lives in Connecticut and is involved with the NCAC. We regularly donate product for the organization’s fundraising auctions.