By now you have heard about the GRIP Harmony Walk to End Hunger being held on Saturday, October 20th, in Richmond. We are continuing to publicize this event because of how important it is to our neighbors in West Contra Costa County.
As most of you know, the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) provides meals, shelter, and other services to get the economically disadvantaged back on their feet. Their dining room alone serves about 100,000 free meals each year. The annual Harmony Walk is GRIP's biggest fundraiser, and they depend on the support of their member congregations like UUCB.
UUCB has always been a strong supporter of GRIP and the vital work they do. Last year we donated about $4600 for the Harmony Walk, and this year we want to reach the $5,000 mark. Time is running out, and we are still far from our goal - in fact, we’re less than half way there with only one Sunday left before the Walk. But you can help with your generous donations. PLEASE DONATE WHATEVER YOU CAN AFFORD THIS SUNDAY.
You can donate at the Harmony Walk table in the Social Hall before or after the 11:00 service, or you can mail a check (payable to UUCB with "GRIP" on the memo line) to the church. Finally, there will be Harmony Walk donation baskets available at the entrance to the sanctuary on Sunday.
And if you can, please walk with us on Saturday, October 20th, starting at 9:00 am from the Richmond Civic Center. Sign up for the Walk, and get more information (about parking, car pooling, etc.) at the Social Hall Harmony Walk table. Feel free to contact either of us if you have any questions. Thank you.
Natalie DaSilva and Ray Westergard
The Harmony Walk to End Hunger and Homeless is the largest fundraising event in West Contra Costa County. Community members, businesses, congregations, public agencies, nonprofits and schools help raise funds in support of the GRIP Family Housing Shelter. October 20, 2012 marks the 26th anniversary for this fun-filled event and our church, again, is helping in the fund raising effort!
This year’s event includes two components: The traditional Harmony Walk to End Hunger—a flat 3.5 mile loop—and, new this year, a 5 K run. So whether your preference is to walk or run, the 26th Annual Harmony Walk to End Hunger has something in store for you. The theme of this year’s event is “Roll, Walk, Race to End Hunger and Homelessness." The event will feature kids races and activities, a dog walk, a free pancake breakfast and a Community Fair/Festival. Last year’s event was attended by over 600 people and raised $80,000.Starting on September 9 you can start helping by visiting the Harmony Walk table (before or after the 11:00 a.m. worship service) and donating money and/or by joining your fellow church members on October 20 at 9:00 a.m. for the Walk itself. (All donations are tax deductible, and checks should be made payable to “GRIP Walk.”) We'll have walk/run sign up sheets, parking, sponsorship and car-pooling information available and all walkers are encouraged to wear a "Standing on the Side of Love" t-shirt. (Available for sale in the Social Hall at the Simple Gifts Book Table.)
For more information, please send us email.
UUCB ministers and members have been active in various "Occupy" actions around the San Francisco Bay Area; participating in the general strike and march in Oakland on November 2, and an interfaith march in San Francisco on October 25.
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