12th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk in Cranston

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We envision a world in which faith, hope, and love transform communities and lives, and our service to those in need nurtures a just society of all.

12th Annual Friends of the Poor Walk in Cranston

The 12th Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk, to benefit those in need and living in poverty in the Rhode Island area will be held on Sunday, September 29th at Garden City Center, Gazebo area. Registration begins at 10am and the walk starts at 11am.

The Walk is an event of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Rhode Island. One of the largest charitable organizations in the world, SVdP is an international Catholic lay organization of approximately 800,000 men and women who voluntarily join together to grow spiritually and offer person-to-person aid to needy and those living in poverty in 155 countries on five continents. SVDP Rhode Island provided approximately $2.5 million in food and over $1.5 million in direct assistance to Rhode Island individuals in need, volunteered 80,000 hours, and traveled 50,000 miles helping Rhode Islanders in need regardless of religion, race or national origin.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that nearly 40 million Americans (about 12 percent of the population) are living in poverty. The poverty rate for children under age 18 is 18 percent. Poverty also affects people in Rhode Island.

The Friends of the Poor® Walk is a simple, visible way to help bring attention to the issue and help raise funds to help those in need in our community. Unlike similar events, with the Friends of the Poor® Walk, every dollar raised by walkers will directly benefit Rhode Islanders.

The Friends of the Poor Walk® began in 2008 to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP). This year will be the 12th Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Runs across the country. The 2018 Walk was held at 239 locations around the country, attracted more than 25,000 participants, and raised more than $3.4 million to help people in need.

Funds raised from the Walk help those in need with food, clothing, medicine, housing assistance, transportation and utility costs, job training and placement, and disaster relief. All proceeds from the Walk directly benefit people in the communities where the money is raised.

St. Vincent de Paul was born of poor parents in the late 1500’s, and is now the patron saint of charitable causes. His feast day is celebrated on September 27.

The local St. Vincent de Paul Society is based in Cranston - more information on the Walk and on the organization is here:  www.Svdpri.org.

 

We envision a world in which faith, hope, and love transform communities and lives, and our service to those in need nurtures a just society of all.