Bull City Stand Down (BCSD)

The nation's first Stand Down was started by Veterans Village of San Diego in 1988 in order to assist the homeless veterans of that region, many of whom were veterans of the Vietnam War. Since that first event over 22 years ago, the Stand Down concept has been duplicated across the country with approximately 200 Stand Down events held nationwide each year serving over 42,000* of the nation's homeless and at-risk veterans according to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans.

#BCSD is an annual 1-day event dedicated to providing resources and services to homeless men and women who have served in any branch of the military. This event is to honor our Veterans and to provide thanks for their commitment to protect us and our country.  During the event, Veteran participants will have the opportunity to learn about, and receive access to a variety of benefits and services. 

The 2017 BCSD will bring service providers, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Local Veteran’s Employment Representatives (LVERs), Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS), community supporters, housing specialists (who can refer them to housing programs), and local non-profit organizations including the faith-based and community based organizations and employment specialists together.  They will offer a wide range of items and activities, including food, meals, personal hygiene kits, health care screenings (HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis C, mammograms, dental, and blood pressure), showers, haircuts, substance abuse counseling/recovery groups; mental health counseling or referrals, immunizations, and legal services.  

Please join us at this year’s Bull City Stand Down on Friday, September 15, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the National Guard Armory and Durham County Memorial StadiumDurham, North Carolina.

100% of contributions made in support of Bull City Stand Down go directly to supporting the event! 

The Bull City Stand Down will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, rain or shine. Service Providers and Volunteers are NEEDED so please submit the appropriate form(s) below in order to participate as a Service Provider or Volunteer.

Service providers are asked to staff their tables from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. Please plan to stay during the entire event and provide adequate table coverage throughout the day.  A completed registration form must be submitted to attain space.  All forms must be received no later than Friday, August 25th to attain space.

Service providers can setup their tables on Friday, September 15, 2017.  Tables can also be set-up on Thursday, September 14. Time will be announced. 

Tables include: 1 – 6’x2’ table, 2 chairs and signage.  Tables are on a first come, first served basis.

Service provider space is FREE. We do ask that you provide two cases of water and/or soda for Veterans and staff who will be managing your table. Please bring these items on Thursday to the Durham Memorial County Stadium.

All service providers are asked to wear their organizational t-shirts, lanyards, caps or buttons, and to prepare a minimum of ten (10) information packets to share with guests who arrive late.  The selling of items or services is prohibited.  

If you need Wi Fi accessibility, please consider purchasing a hot spot connection. 

Please note: You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon receipt of your service provider registration form.  A reminder e-mail will be sent prior to the event.  For Vendor questions, please contact Shawn Ross at contact@indigoconsortium.org or 919-808-1814.

Thank you for your willingness to serve our Veterans!