New Horizons Walk 2012 starts with registration at 10:00am on Saturday June 2
nd. The annual walk is one of the nonprofit’s fundraisers to help end youth homelessness in Seattle. Money raised from sponsored walkers, individual donations, and local Belltown businesses goes towards programming meant to give street kids the support and skills needed to become self-sufficient and productive members of society.
According to Executive Director Mary Steele, “Each night in Seattle hundreds of kids are sleeping on our streets. They are hungry, lonely, and scared. We meet them where they are and start conversations. We give them a foundation to start building a sustainable life for themselves.”
The goal to raise $50,000 on the walk is supported with walkers who are sponsored by friends and family. Lauren Berentes, Associate Director of Development at New Horizons, says there’s still time for individuals to participate in the walk and make an individual donation: “Anyone who wants to support our programming for homeless youth can just show up, make a pledge, and join us on a 2.5 mile beautiful walk through the Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park.”
Following the walk, New Horizons will throw a Block Party in their Belltown neighborhood, complete with a BBQ, live music, and guest speakers. Located at the corner of 3
rd Avenue and Cedar, Berentes says, “Everyone is welcome. We’d like the neighborhood to know the good work we are doing here and introduce them to people behind the mission.”
Walk registration begins at 10:00 AM at New Horizons at 3rd Ave & Cedar in Belltown. Donations for individual walkers can be given by credit card, check, or cash. The walk begins at 10:30am and the Block Party starts at 11:30 AM. Participants can park all day for $10 in the Wells Fargo lot at 3
rd & Clay Street.
For more information about the work New Horizons is doing for kids living on the streets of Seattle, please visit http://www.nhmin.org.