Riverside – On Saturday, April 14, citizens from all over the city will gather at Fairmount Park, 2601 Fairmount Boulevard in downtown Riverside and join the walk to end homelessness. The event’s organizers are hoping to raise $35,000 for programs that help homeless individuals and families in the area.
“Our neighbors without homes need our help as they work to get their lives back on track,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “The Walk to End Homelessness is a great opportunity for Riversiders to come together and raise funds that will help end homelessness.”
Every year, hundreds of adults, students and children participate in the event as a way of making a difference on this important issue. The money raised will provide opportunities for homeless people to change their lives and become self-sufficient.
This year’s participants are expected to include non-profit organizations, social services organizations, faith-based institutions, and families. In addition to raising money, participants also walk to raise money and bring awareness to how we can help homeless individuals.
“Riverside is a compassionate community,” Mayor Pro Tem Chris MacArthur said. “This event provides an opportunity to demonstrate that compassion and help people who are trying to make a change in their lives.”
Registration starts at 7 a.m., and the event begins at 8 a.m. The walk starts near the bandshell in the southeast corner of Fairmount Park, circles Lake Evans and finishes back near the bandshell. Registration is $35 for adults, $20 for students with a valid student ID and $5 for those under 18. There are also opportunities to sponsor a family for $5,000; sponsor an individual for $2,500; or sponsor a youth for $1,000.
For more information on resources, programs, registration, sponsorships and volunteering visit www.EndHomeless.info. More information about efforts to reduce homelessness in Riverside can be found at: https://riversideca.gov/homelesssolutions/.