Do Your Own Thing

Participate in or create your own event in your community

You have the power to do more

Welcome to the team. Team ShelterBox.

Millions of families are currently without shelter because of disaster and conflict. You can help change this.

Whether you’re into running a marathon, throwing a party, or climbing a mountain – you can transform an event with your friends and family into vital support for ShelterBox.

Turn your hobby or bucket list event into something greater.

Car rallies, cake bakes, obstacle courses, festival teams, sponsored silences, or being a champion of ShelterBox on social media – the possibilities are endless. When you raise awareness for ShelterBox, you’re helping us go to the ends of the world to reach the communities most in need.

Stuck for ideas? Don’t worry. We’re bursting with ideas on how you can create exciting events in your own community. Just enter your details in the form below, and we’ll help you to kick-start your event.

Take a look at the photo gallery at the bottom of the page for further inspiration.

Man riding bicycle with a Shelter Box on his back


Be a champion of ShelterBox USA on social media:

Facebook   •   Twitter   •   Instagram   •   YouTube

LinkedIn   •   Flickr   •   Pinterest

Use the hashtag #TeamShelterBox when posting!

Thinking about hosting an event?
Tell us about it in the form below!

Get Going

Fundraise on Facebook

Whether you want to use your birthday to fundraise on Facebook, or help families after disaster has struck, Facebook makes it easy to fundraise for a cause!

By starting a fundraiser on Facebook, you can raise awareness about families in crisis after disaster strikes and offer an easy way for your friends to contribute to this important cause.

Getting started it easy: simply click the button below and follow the steps listed.

Tell your story, add a photo and invite your friends to join you in supporting ShelterBox!

Facebook Fundraiser

LuminAID Fundraising Package

The LuminAID solar light is one of the many innovative aid items that we send to families around the world. The solar light can last up to 16 hours on one charge, they are lightweight and can float on water, making them easy to carry in any situation.

LuminAID is proud to offer discounted pricing on their various solar lights to ShelterBox supporters to support your fundraising and events.

LuminAID has three pre-set fundraising packages that make it easy for Rotary groups to start fundraising.

If you don’t have the funds for an upfront purchase of a fundraising package, we recommend buying individual solar lights to collect orders before returning to purchase a larger package.

Please note that orders placed through this program should only be used for advocacy and fundraising to support ShelterBox. You are responsible for collecting funds and directly making a donation to ShelterBox. 

For more information or to order a fundraising package, please visit LuminAID here

Get Involved

Get a Webpage

Create an online page which allows you to do your own ShelterBox fundraising. Tell your story, set a goal and deliver a campaign via email or social media.

We make it easy to connect with your community and track your own progress.

Get a Speaker

Have a ShelterBox speaker come to your event or meet up virtually to share the ShelterBox story.

Our volunteers can share an impactful audio/visual presentation as well as the actual disaster relief equipment that we send in the field.



Join a unique community of over 2,000 members. With every book you read you’ll be helping disaster-hit families around the world.

Shine event: Get together & Have fun!

Shine for ShelterBox

Join communities all over the country and get together to brighten lives by hosting a fundraising candlelit dinner for friends and family.

It’s simple to get involved.

We’ve provided all of the necessary materials you’ll need as well as some ideas for you to customize your event.

Whether you love getting together with friends or already have a party planned for the festive season, you can make a difference. By holding a heart-warming evening you can bring light to families in their hour of darkness.


Off The Grid

Take part in Off the Grid and see how you cope with no power for 24 hours: that means no phones, no laptops, no lights, and no social media.

You’ll raise awareness about families in crisis after disaster strikes. You’ll also get a small glimpse of what life is like for those who have lost everything as a result of disaster.

The rules are simple: No electricity and nothing with an ‘on’ button for 24 hours.

Get your squad together, pick a 24 hour period and sign up. You are never powerless to help!

Off The Grid


Are you a Rotarian? Visit our Action Toolkit, where you’ll find a wealth of information about our partnership and tailored resources to keep your club informed and inspire your wider community.

More Ways to Help

Celebrations and Commemorations

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or marking a milestone, including ShelterBox in your celebration, will help families on the road to recovery after disaster.

Sheltermaker Challenge

Need something constructive to do? Encourage the mini monsters in your life to become ShelterMakers. All you need to do is work together to build the perfect den and share it.


Every volunteer is instrumental in providing shelter to families after disaster, wherever they are in the world.

Whatever skills, knowledge or spare time you have, you can play a vital part in this process. All we need is your passion.

Fundraising Stories

Canoeing the Mississippi for disaster relief

ShelterBox USA Ambassador and Rotarian, Erik Elsea, will paddle the 2,552 mile length of the Mississippi River to raise awareness for ShelterBox’s humanitarian work.

Climbing For a Cause

Towering over 14,000 feet, these mountains rank as some of the tallest and most challenging in North America. Bert Woodrum made it her mission to climb all 58 of these peaks for ShelterBox USA.

The Bridgman Story

On June 4, 2012 Sharon and Tim Bridgman set off from the North Cape of Norway to cycle unsupported and self-funded around the world.

The husband and wife team from England were riding to raise awareness and support of ShelterBox, hoping to raise roughly $18,000 for their favorite nonprofit.

Tell Us About Your Event!

We’ll send you some collateral, arrange a speaker or help you find local support.

  • Tell us about your event! Who, what, when, where?
  • Tell us how we can help you succeed!

Photo Gallery

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Ribfest

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Biking through Montana

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Challenge

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Collection box


ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - High School

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Huron Peak


ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Machu Picchu

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Marathon

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Music Festival

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Paddle race

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Rappelling

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Run

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Scouts

ShelterBox on a mountain

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - solo sailing for ShelterBox

ShelterBox - Do Your Own Thing - Endurance race

Other Ways to Support