Students to Walk for Homelessness
Published: Friday, October 19, 2012
Updated: Friday, October 19, 2012 02:10
Real estate finance company Walker & Dunlop and seven Georgetown University student organizations will co-sponsor the Help the Homeless Community Walk this Saturday.
Help the Homeless is a nonprofit that works to end homelessness in the Washington, D.C. area by raising funds for local organizations and spreading awareness about homelessness in the community.
The two-to-five-kilometer walk, which will be held between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Red Square, will encompass much of campus and the surrounding neighborhood. For each student who registers, $20 will be donated to Georgetown Ministry Center, a shelter founded by the Georgetown Clergy Association, Georgetown University and Woodley House, Inc., a non-profit organization that supplies mental health care.
Student groups, including Hoya Outreach Programs and Education, Alpha Phi Omega, GU Pride, The Corp Service and Outreach Committee, The Hoya, Georgetown Program Board and the Senior Class Committee, worked with Georgetown Ministry Center and Woodley House to coordinate the walk.
“I’m participating in the walk this weekend because I think it’s a fantastic way for students to get involved in the D.C. community,” Kelly Kimball (NHS ’16) said. “It’s important for students to take a step back from the studying bubble and keep perspective about the opportunities we are exposed to every day.”
Jessica Fitzgerald, event coordinator at the Georgetown Ministry Center, said that student group involvement and contributions have been vital to the planning process.
“They’ve been nothing short of amazing,” she said. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”
Since 1988, Help the Homeless has raised over $90 million to help the 12,000 homeless people in the D.C. area. In 2011, the nonprofit helped over 180,000 clients and provided 6,300 housing units to homeless D.C. residents.
Fitzgerald said the walk will expose students to other community service and volunteer opportunities
“The walk is a great way for students to begin to build relationships with those in the Georgetown community and raise awareness for organizations like the Georgetown Ministry Center,” Fitzgerald said. “Students can better our community and get the homeless off the streets and into housing.”