From Berrak Sarikaya
At the end of January there were more than 11,000 homeless people in the Washington metropolitan area.
This Saturday, Nov. 20, you can make a contribution to the fight against homelessness by participating in the 23rd Annual Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon.
The Pre-Walkathon program begins at 8:30 am on the National Mall, with the walk getting under way at 9 am. The 2.5 mile Walkathon starts on the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets NW.
You can select to donate to the Help the Homeless General Fund or a 2010 beneficiary of your choosing on their website. One Dupont-area organization that assists the homeless is Charlies Place at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Avenue NW. You can select Charlie’s Place as your beneficiary for this Saturday’s walk.
What is Help the Homeless?
Help the Homeless Program was created in 1988 by Fannie Mae as a public awareness program working to: Raise public awareness to prevent and end homelessness in DC, help local organizations raise funds and build capacity to serve the homeless population, and educate the public about issues of homelessness and encourage volunteerism in their communities.
Help the Homeless Program has raised more than $80 million for nonprofit organizations in the metro area that serve homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless.
Walk this Saturday
You can register to walk this Saturday! You can register as an individual, register your family or group — or search for a team. If you can’t physically make it on Saturday, you can also register as a virtual walker. You can pre-register online until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19. You can also register on site Saturday morning. Registration information and details can be found on the Help the Homeless website.
One hundred percent of all walker registration donation fees, donations, and sponsorship contributions go directly to the Help the Homeless Beneficiary Organizations that provide services to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.