19th Annual Help the Homeless Walkathon

hth_logo2.gif Whilst listening to the radio en route to work yesterday, I was saddened and shocked to discover that there are more than 12,000 people who are homeless in the D.C. area. That’s right, twelve thousand. Sometimes it feel as though D.C. couldn’t hold twelve hundred people, let alone twelve thousand and for a City that has an estimated 582,049 people, with the greater metropolitan area being the home to over eight million, 12,000 is far too many people to be without a home.

I recalled hearing about the Help the Homeless Walkathon from some coworkers converging around the water cooler last week. At that time, I paid them no mind; they were often running 5ks, 10ks or participating in 25 mile bikeathons. After hearing about the Fannie Mae Foundation’s Help the Homeless campaign, I decided to contact one of those athletically inclined coworkers to find out what I could do to help.

Apparently, donating a few hours of my time on Saturday morning, together with twenty-five buckaroos goes a long way. After researching the General Fund and 180 beneficiary organizations, I decided to donate my twenty-five dollars to The Georgetown Ministry Center

So let me ask you this, what will you be doing Saturday morning? I know I’ll be participating with thousands of others in the 19th Annual Help the Homeless Walkathon. I think Jewel sharing her own experience living on the streets is all the incentive you need to get off your tush and join me.

If you’re unavailable to participate in the walkathon, consider donating to one of the 180 beneficiaries or perhaps your time this Friday. For more information, contact volunteers@fanniemaefoundation.org . To participate in the race or donate to the cause visit http://www.helpthehomelessdc.org .

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