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Midnight Run has established some policies that are not obvious to the uninitiated, but are important to protecting the interests of volunteers and people on the street alike. Here's a rundown:

  • Publicity. We do not allow reporters on runs. In general, we discourage publicity. The interests of people on the street are not served by revealing to a broad audience either their identities or where they lay their heads at night. If you have specific concerns regarding publicity, please contact us directly.

  • Cameras. We do not allow cameras on runs. See Publicity above.

  • Cash. We never give money to anyone on a Midnight Run. This would set a bad precedent for subsequent groups.

  • Evangelism. Midnight Run is comprised of volunteers from many faiths, as well as secular volunteers. We all share an agenda of solidarity with the homeless. Many volunteers base their involvement on their personal religious beliefs, which is fine. But promoting those religious beliefs, or distributing literature, is forbidden. We do not, however, put restrictions on private conversations, as long as they do not constitute proselytizing.

  • Neighborliness. We are committed to being good neighbors to city residents and officials. In that effort, we have put together a series of good neighbor guidelines.

  • Security. In eighteen years, we have never had a volunteer injured in an interaction on the street. But New York City can be a dangerous place. So, we require that volunteers stay in pairs when they go to wake someone, and that they stay in sight of vehicles at all times (except when accompanied by an experienced leader).

  • Health. If you find someone in need of medical care, call 911 and stay until help arrives. Please don't touch anyone who is bleeding.

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