Shine Online

Learn how to take your Shine party virtual

Social distancing, doesn’t have to be social isolation!  Why not host a Shine Dinner Party with your friends, coming together through today’s challenges to brighten lives? Hosting a virtual party can be as elaborate or basic as you want it to be, and we are here to help.  Follow the steps and tips below and start to Shine Online.



There are many video chat platforms to choose from, each with their own limitations and abilities.  It is key to choose a platform that most people are comfortable with and can fit your whole invite list! Some of the most popular platforms include Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts and Facetime.  Apps like Houseparty also make it easy to connect and have some in app games to share!



  • Although we may be limited to what we have in the house, there are many recipes that focus on these basics!  Exchange recipes and try each other’s favorites or choose one recipe and send it to all guests.  You may opt to support one local restaurant to all order delivery from.  Even easier, heat up a freezer pizza!  The only thing to keep in mind is for everyone should have a similar style of meal. If someone has a full roast dinner and another person is snacking on some chips the party won’t feel right.
  • Decorate – Set your table to the theme and make you background as interesting as possible.  Light some candles for atmosphere.  Make it as fancy or basic as your heart desires
  • Set a dress code – why not make use of those fancy clothes that everyone is keeping at the back of the closet. Set a theme dress code as simple or as wild as you want!  Some of our favorites are black tie, the 80’s and pirates.  Get creative!
Shine diners meeting on Zoom



Just Chat

Of course, stimulating conversation is entertainment enough for many. Try not to focus too much conversation about current negativities, distract by making your conversation about happy future happenings.

Get Creative

Does one of your guests have an impressive skill that they can teach others? What activities would you typically be doing at your in-person dinner party that you can still do through the screen? Make cocktails together with pantry ingredients, paint together, do a yoga class. The ideas are endless!

Play a Game

Choose a game! There are tons of games online for free that you can play together – Heads up, Settlers of Catan, Trivia murder party. Just make sure ahead of time that everyone has the necessary links or apps needed to play together.

Watch a Movie

Watch a movie. There are plenty of apps online that allow everyone to watch movies together and chat while doing it.  Apps like Netflix Party make this easy.  Just be aware of potential feedback through the video call.



Shine Dinners are all about giving back to try to brighten the lives of families around the world who have lost their homes from disaster. Challenge your attendees to commit to donating what you would spend on a night out to your Shine fundraiser. Every little bit counts on our mission of ensuring no families go without shelter after disaster.

Pre-Covid Shine Dinner with guests

Creating Your Shine Fundraiser

Contact [email protected] to get your Shine Fundraising page created

We will respond quickly with your page address and everything you need to know.

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

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Brightening Lives

You'll help people like William and Annie

Shine ShelterBox case study

When monsoon rains brought waist-high floodwaters to William and Annie’s village, their whole house was destroyed. Their crops were washed away and all of their belongings were lost – even their livestock.

They were also left without light. In Malawi, where William and Annie live with their five children, the sun sets quickly and the nights are completely dark. At night, deadly black mambas and other poisonous snakes come out, making even short trips to the latrine a dangerous prospect.


This is why we pack a solar light in every ShelterBox.

These clever lights are waterproof, inflatable and can last up to 16 hours on just one charge. For families like William and Annie’s, solar lights are much more than a convenience – they mean safety and security.

The Impact

How our aid has helped disaster survivors