Hosted by YWCA Clinton

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The Coldest Night of the Year is a winterrific family-friendly walk to raise money for local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness. Join us on February 25, 2023 - team up, fundraise, walk, and gather for good... because it’s cold out there.

About YWCA Clinton

YWCA Clinton is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA Clinton lives its mission out by providing housing resources, advocacy, and case management for victims of violence and those experiencing homelessness; first and second shift childcare and preschool programs; after school, summer, and enrichment programs for youth; health and wellness programs and curriculum, and racial justice and women's empowerment programs.

All proceeds from CNOY will benefit programs in our Empowerment Center. The YWCA Empowerment Center advocates and provides case management and access to supportive services for families and individuals who are experiencing poverty, homelessness or who are at-risk of homelessness due to domestic

violence, economic hardships, and other issues affecting housing stability. We provide Rapid Rehousing resources for up to 12 months, homeless prevention assistance, financial planning, and ongoing case management for those experiencing housing instability.

YWCA Clinton strongly believes in addressing housing needs with supportive advocacy and case management services, while collaborating with community partners to assist them in gaining economic self-sufficiency. Our philosophy is to identify barriers to permanent housing and provide case management to ensure community members can maintain long-term economic and housing stability.

Our center serves as the Coordinated Entry Access point for Clinton and Jackson Counties, which means all community members access services through our intake coordinator. We help those in need access the services, eliminate redundancies, delays, or gaps in services. Clients are provided individualized services, addressing any needs and barriers they encounter as they move toward self-sufficiency. We are a vital hub in our community as we work to combat homelessness in our area.

Event Day Details

Save the date - CNOY Day is February 25, 2023!

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317 7th Ave S. Clinton, IA 52732


  • 4:00 pm: Meet Check-in opens
  • 5:00 pm: Move Opening remarks + send-off
  • 6:00 pm: Munch Light meal served
  • 7:00 pm: Mosey Goodbye + Go Home

Not able join us in person on CNOY Day? We hope you'll register to fundraise and walk offsite with friends and family.

Route Details

  • Route Distances: Check out the maps below to see where we will be walking.
  • Rest stop: Keep an eye out for opportunities to rest and refresh with yummy snacks along the route.
  • Signage: All routes will be well-signed with our bold blue CNOY signs.
  • Route Support: Route marshals, rest stop hosts, and support vehicle drivers provide support along the route.
  • 12 and under walkers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.


  • All walkers must check-in personally to participate in the in-person event on Saturday, February 25, 2023.
  • Beanies! Fundraising walkers who raise $150+ (or $75+ for those under 18) will receive a CNOY Beanie as a thank you on event day, while supplies last.

Have questions? Visit our FAQ section!

Handling Money

We cannot process cash or checks at our in-person event. Here's what you can do:

  • Credit Card: The Best Option! Simple, secure, automatically tax receipted for gifts of $20+. Visit the Donate page, share your personal page link, or have your donor call CNOY Head Office.
  • Checks: The Old Faithful - made payable to Blue Sea Philanthropy USA with the name of the walker or team on the memo line. Mail them to CNOY Head Office along with your completed pledge sheet. (Scroll down to find the address)
  • Cash: You have 2 options:
  • 1. Login to FundHub, click “Enter $$ and Checks,” create pledges for your cash donations, pay them off with your personal credit card, and keep the cash. OR...
  • 2. Write a check (made out to "Blue Sea Philanthropy USA”) for the total amount of cash you’ve collected. Mail it to the CNOY Head Office with your completed pledge sheet.


All participants must register online this year and accept the electronic waiver.

  • Adults: When you register online, you automatically accept an electronic waiver, which is all that is needed for adults.
  • Youth/Children: If you have youth or children on your team, they will need to have their parent or guardian sign a printed paper waiver.
  • Someone on your team (like you!) must take a photo of all child/youth waivers and send them to waivers@cnoy.com.
  • Waivers will be available at check-in on Event Day.

What to Bring

A few common sense suggestions:

  • A cell phone for emergencies (recommended but not required)
  • Good waterproof shoes/boots for walking
  • Warm coat and mitts/gloves
  • A face mask for personal use or if you need to go inside
  • Extra snacks if you have allergies or food sensitivities
  • Your own water bottle
  • A passion for the charity you're walking and fundraising for

Clinton Maps

Check out this year's CNOY route maps below:

2kmView + print!

This 2k route will take right through the heart of downtown Clinton. Starting and ending at the YWCA Clinton Empowerment Center. All walkers will be asked to stay on sidewalks throughout this route.

5kmView + print!

Starting and ending at the YWCA Clinton Empowerment Center, this route will feature a walk along the Dyke, and through the heart of Clinton.

Contact Us

CNOY Clinton 2023

Katie Likens Development Director
Phone 563242.2110x106
Email development@ywcaclinton.org

Got questions about the Coldest Night of the Year USA?
help@cnoy.com | 1.877.743.3413