Westporters are invited to celebrate an afternoon of family, fun, friends and community while raising funds to support the homeless and other neighbors in need. Homes with Hope is sponsoring the ninth annual Castles in the Sand sandcastle build-a-thon at Compo Beach in Westport on Saturday, May 15, between noon and 4 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, May 16. The celebrity judges will be Peter Cadoux and Miggs Burroughs

Big Lots (10 feet by 10 feet) are $100 and can accommodate up to four sand sculptors. Really Big Lots (20 feet by 20 feet) are $300. Register anytime from now until May 3 and receive two free Castles in the Sand T-shirts with a Big Lot and four free shirts for every Really Big Lot. Additional T-shirts will be available for purchase the day of the event. Each participant will receive complimentary water and ice cream from Joey's By the Shore.

Homes with Hope (HwH) was formed more than 20 years ago as our community's response to people seeking food and shelter. Homes with Hope is committed to addressing the special needs and problems of homeless families and individuals and people at risk of becoming homeless in lower Fairfield County. HwH has grown dramatically since its inception in 1984, when food and shelter for homeless people were offered in an abandoned firehouse. The agency recognized that food and shelter alone were not enough to help people move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. As a result, Homes with Hope expanded the support services and housing options available to clients by providing the resources needed for them to be successful in their journey out of homelessness. We fulfill our mission with a continuum of services that starts with feeding the hungry through our Community Kitchen and Food Pantry and includes: emergency shelters, permanent affordable supportive housing, casework services, pre-employment training, and mentoring.

Homes with Hope's mission is to provide facilities and supportive services in a structured environment that enables homeless people in the communities we serve to achieve an independent and self-sufficient life. We will accomplish this through permanent affordable supportive housing, casework and supportive services, emergency shelter, food and meals and the life skills training critical in preventing homelessness from reoccurring.

To reserve a sand-sculpting lot or for sponsorship opportunities, call Kirsten Allen at 203-226-3426 ext. 10. Compo Beach parking fees for attendees are waived for the day of the event.