ROOM HERE, Attempts to Build World's Largest Cardboard Box Fort to Bring Awareness to Mental Fitness

When Trent Mano and Rachel Merrill decided they wanted to help to change the conversation around mental fitness they founded the non-profit organization, Room Here. When they were ready to launch their company and it’s mental fitness movement, they decided to go BIG, real BIG, in fact, they are hoping to break a World record by building the world’s largest cardboard fort.

“Our goal is to build the LARGEST cardboard fort in the world. Why? Because the stigma around mental health is a huge barrier for many. Our organization is called Room Here and we’re creating room here for a new conversation about mental fitness,” according to Trent.

“Breaking a world record is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Doing it for a good cause is even more incredible, he said. Starting today, July 27, anyone can volunteer and join in to help build the cardboard fort in a safe and COVID-19 conscience way--with the number of volunteers limited and temperatures being checked, masks are required and the fort building will happen while practicing social distancing. The fort is being built at The Gateway located at 24 S. Rio Grande St. in Salt Lake City. Volunteers will construct the fort over the next 10 days and plan to complete it on August 5. For more information and to sign up for a volunteer shift to work sign up at

The team has collected over 13,000 boxes over the past few months, said Trent. The previous record for the number of boxes used in a cardboard box fort was 12,300 boxes.

Trent has been working with over 50 CEOS in Utah to encourage them to sign a pledge and commit to supporting Room Here’s mission to educate and help create mental fitness plans for their employees. “We hope to educate and normalize the conversations around mental wellness for individuals, families, companies, and communities,” he said.

Once the fort is built, people will be able to tour the fort where there will be individually themed rooms that focus on mental fitness topics like, therapy, nutrition, exercise, emotions, etc. The fort will be open for the public on Friday, August 7 from 12-8 p.m. All volunteer fort builders will get in free. There is a $5 cost at the door for the general public.

Nugent Magazine loves sharing good news stories. Thanks, Trent and Rachel for founding ROOM HERE.

Sponsors of the event include: Big Monocle, Homie, Convoi Events, Freeman/Lovell law firm, AAA Lakeside storage, and Recyclops

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