Thanksgiving is right around the corner. At this time of year, we often think of all the reasons we have to be thankful. As we express our gratitude, it’s also a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing hardships such as homelessness, and work toward a world where no one has to experience hunger or homelessness.
That’s why the week before the holiday has been designated as National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. This year, Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week will be observed November 11-19. During this time, people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.
Since 2012, RunningWorks has been dedicated to supporting causes to eradicate homelessness and hunger in our local community. Our mission is to use sport and education to empower individuals and families to break cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness one stride at a time. Our goal is to eradicate homelessness by working to solve the root causes of it. Participating in Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week offers us the chance to contribute to a national social movement as we seek to make an impact in our own backyard.
We invite you to join us as we work to raise awareness and change the conversation about the stereotypes and stigma attached to homelessness and poverty.
No one in our community deserves to go hungry. Yet, it is estimated that one out of every six Americans experience hunger on a daily basis. Unfortunately, that is only a modest guess. When you consider the subcategory of homeless individuals and other at-risk populations, the number of our neighbors experiencing hunger is too prevalent to quantify. Inadequate nourishment directly results in innumerable physical, mental, and emotional health consequences that lead to heavy cost burdens, further health concerns, and even death.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Each of us has the power to create change. Participating in Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week not only raises awareness and promotes ending poverty in your own community—it also strengthens the national movement to end hunger and homelessness. Bringing attention to the plight of the hungry and homeless can foster greater understanding and solidarity and inspire others to take action.
Please join us during the week of November 11-19 (and any time after that) at any of our programs in Charlotte or Salisbury to learn more about homeless and hunger in our community. We meet at 1:30 p.m every Monday and Thursday at the Relatives On Ramp Resource Center in Uptown Charlotte working with youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless. We also meet every Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the RunningWorks Team Headquarters, located at 901-E N. Tryon Street. The Salisbury program meets at Rowan Helping Ministries every Wednesday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. If you are a woman interested in joining us during our Friday program at The Charlotte Rescue Mission’s Dove’s Nest, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out more information about our weekly workshops and programs at RunningWorks.org.
During Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, the RunningWorks Team is also hosting a virtual race in partnership with Vacation Races. For registration or more information, please click here. And if you haven’t already, please follow us on social media: @Running_Works on Twitter, RunningWorks12 on Facebook and RunningWorks on Instagram.