We start the New Year off with discussions and planned meetings for our 37th annual Hunger Walkathon West CROP Walk. Our continued commitment to make people aware and to raise funds for those in need is never more needed than today.
We are mindful of this photo which was published around Thanksgiving time but our resolve is to be thankful throughout the year.
Our team is already starting discussions of the things we must do to make this another successful year for the #cropwalk. As you know, we are among the many hundreds of walk around our country and are proud of the people in our community who have helped us become #9 in the nation in 2018 in the amount raised.
In addition, we were #3 in the country for online giving and that is where you can come in to help. It is not too early to donate; register; start a team and tell your friends about what you are doing right here to help #endhungernow.
As a reminder we just past the 50th anniversary of CROP Walks in America, as this 50th anniversary video speaks to the start and continuing efforts of CROP Hunger Walks.
Please Sign up now and thank you for your making a difference to #endhungernow
Housing Forward is one of the 10 agencies that our 36th annual Hunger Walkathon West CROP Walk raises funds for. Their important work in our community can be described in many words but a video, see below, gives you the depth of commitment of this agency to help people here in our community.
Since 1992 they have been providing not only help with housing as well as treating the whole person and their family on issues of health, schooling, etc. Their staff uses their skills and compassion to see the person and their situation to help them. Just recently they have started an initiative called Sojourn House to help bridge homelessness and stable housing. It provides temporary housing needs here in our community.
There are other services they provide the individual and/or their family. We are thankful they are in our community helping people in need.
We ask you to join us Sunday, May 5, 2019 for our walk to raise money and awareness for Housing Forward and the other 9 agencies we donate to.
We have starting our planning sessions for our 36th annual Hunger Walkathon West CROP Walk. The amount raised to date is $1,500,000.00 to #endhungernow
Along with our 36th year of the walk is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of these walks that started all those years ago.
We are happy to continue our tradition of helping people in our community and around the world.
Please join us Sunday, May 5, 2019 and make this another successful walk to provide food locally to the 10 agencies that we support and food and programs around the world.
Sign up today and join this wonderful event.
As we near our 34th annual Hunger Walkathon West CROP Walk it is important to acknowledge the work that these agencies do in our communities of Oak Park, Austin, Forest Park, Maywood, Melrose Park and River Forest.
Each of them in their own way impacts the people in their communities. We are lifted by their dedication and giving.
Expressing this in words is sometimes difficult but this video by the OPRF Food Pantry explains the mission.
We salute them:
First Baptist Church Food Pantry
Forest Park Food Pantry
OPRF Food Pantry
Pine Avenue Food Pantry
Proviso Food Pantry
St. Eulalia Quinn Center Food Pantry
Vision of Restoration
Join us this Sunday, May 7, 2017 Signup today
The Planning Committee has selected a Grand Marshal for the 2016 CROP Hunger Walk. The person we selected is a tireless member of our team and more importantly an activist on the issue of hunger and homelessness. Shown here with his wife Barbara, they continue their 65+ years of marriage and commitment to one another.
Doug Wyman has helped the CROP Hunger Walk for the past 10 years. He started as a crossing guard and elevated his role on the team to raise money from businesses in the area. He is consistently a top fund raiser for the walk. His positive attitude affects all team members for raising money. He believes in lofty goals which can be achieved. Our goal of raising $100,000.00 this year is one he championed, just as he continues to champion the issue of hunger and homelessness. To hear his story of how he become involved, listen to his story recorded in 2014.
As if that is not enough at the tender age of 87, years old he is the co-host of The Doris Davenport Show with Doug Wyman, heard locally on 1490 AM WPNA on Sunday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To see some of the programs go to their archive to see videos of past programs.
He has also volunteered with the Housing Forward. “I think I bring a sense of history and some wisdom to the program,” he said. His work at PADS for the last 20 years shows his heart and character for people in need or food and shelter. Here is a video he did for them several years ago. What he says, still holds true
You can now see why he was selected as the Grand Marshal for the 2016 CROP Hunger Walk.
Join Doug Wyman on Sunday, May 1st at the start of the 33rd annual CROP Hunger Walk.
Sign up and walk with Doug and hundreds of people walking with the goal of “ending hunger one step at a time.”
We are a society that seeks to have the brightest kids in our school system. We want to nurture them with knowledge, to help them learn and grow. There are, however, things that impact the ability to learn. One of them is food. 3 out of 4 public school teachers say that students regularly come to school hungry. 81% say it happens at least once a week, according to No Kid Hungry. Educators agree that kids need to start the day with a healthy breakfast in order to do well in school. But though nearly every school offers breakfast, 50% of teachers still say the problem has increased.
Many of the people who are on the CROP Hunger Walk committee and those who walk, have seen the impact of the lack of food for children. I’ve been to a PADS evening to make food and feed the people who seek out food and shelter for the night. The work that Housing Forward, one of the 7 agencies we support, does in providing shelter, called PADS Shelter, which accommodates 43-70 individuals nightly, depending on location. A lottery system is used when there are more clients than beds available. On some nights people are turned away for the shelter they seek. Each night, usually a church, houses people seeking food and shelter. This is all done by volunteers who have a sense of giving to people in need.
Among that group of people are families with children seeking these services. I have seen their faces and their eyes looking forelorn. The meals that are provided may be the only food they have for the day.
The CROP Hunger Walk’s mission is to spread the word on the issue of hunger and in so doing, raising money for this cause. Distributed locally, 25% of the total raised, and 75% to the work that Church World Service does in the United States and around the world.
Please join us Sunday, May 1st for the 33rd Annual CROP Hunger Walk. Sign up here and make yourself known for helping in this cause.
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Businesses are an important part of the giving to the CROP Hunger Walk. In our area we have a large number of businesses who support our walk and contribute to it. Some contribute by offering a percentage of their sales that customers can designate to benefit our walk.
Such is the case of Ten Thousand Villages in Oak Park. This April 21, 2016, Ten Thousand Villages has a Shopping Day for our supporters, donors and volunteers. We receive 15% of the sales from customers who tell us they are shopping for our cause. Ten Thousand Villages states: “As a nonprofit organization ourselves, we understand the giving situation as well as how members value a fun, easy way to support your cause.”
All sales made that day will designate 15% to our walk. All a customer has to do is tell the clerk on check-out that they wish to designate their purchase toward the CROP Hunger Walk. It’s that simple and everyone benefits from their purchase.
Please support our local businesses and mention The CROP Hunger Walk when you visit them. Please let us know about your experience in supporting local business who support us.