Looking for a good cause this weekend? Why not Hike for the Homeless? Talk about good for the heart… and the soul.
Valley residents can help the homeless get back on their feet by joining St. Joseph the Worker’s 15th annual Hike for the Homeless, sponsored by Scottsdale Healthcare, on March 2 at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills and Estrella Mountain Regional Park in Goodyear.
St. Joseph the Worker’s annual charity event will bring the community together to raise money for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. The nonprofit organization’s goal is to raise $95,000 to help the homeless get back to work and become self-sufficient again through its employment opportunity programs.
The event’s expenses are underwritten by presenting sponsor Scottsdale Healthcare, which enables 100 percent of the funds raised to support St. Joseph the Worker’s program services.
“We want to create a positive growth cycle, moving in the direction to end homelessness. Homelessness and joblessness are so very closely related, and it can happen to anyone,” said Daniel Jacoby, committee chair for St. Joseph the Worker. “Homelessness can happen as quickly as 30 to 90 days after someone loses their job. Putting people back to work can help them get back into their homes.”
Hikers have the option of choosing the venue most convenient for them to participate: McDowell Mountain Regional Park trailhead staging area in Fountain Hills (1.5-mile and 4.5-mile hikes), or Estrella Mountain Regional Park’s Ramada 5 in Goodyear (0.5-mile, 2-mile and 6-mile hikes). Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. at both locations.
Register or donate online prior to Feb. 25 to receive the discounted rate at http://www.hikeforthehomeless.org. After Feb. 25, registration form and payment are due on the event day. Hikers can participate as individuals or organize as business teams or as friends and family groups. The event includes awards for the largest team and the most spirited team.
Last year’s hike attracted more than 1,200 participants and raised $65,000 for St. Joseph the Worker.