St. Vincent de Paul’s second annual Walk for the Poor will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 24.
This year the Walk has been shortened to 2 miles to make it easier for all ages to participate. Beginning at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Drive, the walkers will proceed on the pathway toward the Mendenhall Glacier and cross over at Stevens Richards Memorial Drive to return. All walkers are asked to register. This can be done prior to the race by registering at the St. Vincent de Paul office or on the day of the walk, beginning at 9 a.m.
There is no fee to register to walk, so all that want to participate can. However, the Friends of the Poor Walk is a fund raiser. Donations may be made at the day of the race, although there are also participants who have signed up to take pledges that may be asking you for a donation. Pledges can also be make on line at www.svdpjuneau.org or mailed to St. Vincent de Paul, 8617 Teal Street, Juneau, AK 99801.
The weekend of Sept. 24 is the date chosen by the National Council of St. Vincent de Paul for participating St. Vincent de Paul Councils to join together to raise the consciousness of the public as to the needs of the poor nationally and locally. The weekend chosen is the one closest to the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul, the name sake of the organization who was known for his devotion to the needs of the poor in the 1600s.
A September weekend in Juneau can be rainy, however, it is timely with the approach of winter and the increase of requests for assistance with heating fuel and food vouchers as families with limited incomes try and meet the basic needs of their families. Most hard working people in Juneau can usually meet their monthly bills, yet an event such as a medical emergency can mean financial difficulties for a week or many months. They need occasional help. The St. Vincent de Paul board wants the Friends of the Poor Walk to say to these friends and neighbors Juneau does care. St. Vincent de Paul offers aid through food vouchers, assistance with rents, utilities, heating fuel as well as medical, dental and other family emergencies. All donations will be used locally for St. Vincent de Paul’s programs which include our holiday baskets.
To give you some examples of how donations can be used, here is the cost involved in some of our assistance programs. Four hundred and fifty dollars buys one month of housing in our homeless shelter. An average medical aid voucher is $245. A one-month bus pass costs $36. St. Vincent de Paul gives out $25 food vouchers.
For more information, call Ida Barnack at 321-0208