5 Days for The Homeless was founded as a local initiative by University of Alberta School of Business students. This initiative, after running very successfully for a number of years on the Edmonton campus at the University of Alberta, was taken national in 2008.
5 Days for the Homeless aims to increase awareness of homelessness and raise donations for local charitable organizations supporting homeless and at-risk youth across the country.
5 Days for the Homeless – Niagara, ON is held at Brock University. Students from all faculties across campus come together to raise awareness of homelessness in the St. Catharines and Thorold communities. All monetary and non-perishable food donations help support Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.