I hope you read the paragraph in the September Beacon about the annual GRIP Harmony Walk on October 26. UUCB is one of the member congregations that supports GRIP and their wonderful work in the community providing meals, shelter, and resources for homeless families. The Harmony Walk gives us the opportunity to build community and meet our neighbors while raising money for this great cause.
Please stop by the Harmony Walk table in the Social Hall (starting October 6) and sign up for Team UUCB to join us for the Walk. Let's march together wearing our yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” t-shirts. If you don’t have a t-shirt and want to buy one, please let Kay Fairwell know your size. You can also donate by making checks payable to “UUCB” with “GRIP Walk” on the memo line. This year we will make a special effort to get more of the RE students involved. Ladie Malek is coordinating with RE teachers and families. Please contact Ladie if you can help her out. Also, if you are willing to stand at the Harmony Walk table in the Social Hall on one of the first three Sundays in October, either between the two services or after the 11:00 a.m. service, please let me know. Thank you.
UUCB will again participate in the annual Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) Harmony Walk fund raising campaign - we have consistently donated more funds to this cause than any other GRIP congregation. However, in view of the fact that we’ll be involved in a major fund raising project of our own, the Capital Campaign, we will be deemphasizing the donation of GRIP funds and emphasizing our participation in the actual walk. You will still have an opportunity to donate funds during October and we hope you’ll join Team UUCB during the walk on Saturday morning, October 26. You’ll be hearing more about this in the next couple of months.
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.
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