One of my favorite good causes is the annual CROP Walk, a charity walk held in various communities nationwide to benefit local and international anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs. I not only give money and help organize my local Walk, the Montclair CROP Walk (which serves Montclair, Glen Ridge, Nutley, Bloomfield, and Verona), I even know the Executive Director... although [cough] on the day of the walk, October 21, I'll be at Rhinebeck (I'm a square!)... which means I gotta do my blegging now.
It's easy to advocate for CROP Walk, which is responsible, efficient, and interfaith in its operations and unusual for a walk-a-thon in that walk sponsors (ie, donors) have the option to give to the general fund or to designate any of a number of recipient organizations, such as the American Friends Service Committee, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, CARE, Heifer Project International, or World Relief, to name just a few. Donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. to the full extent of the law.
There's oodles of online resources about CROP Walk – program updates, resources for children, financial statements, etc – which I won't parrot here. Suffice to say that whether you're interested
in learning more
or in joining a walk yourself
or maybe even in sponsoring me [vbg]
lots of information is ready at hand.
I'm participating as part of the Church of the Improv team and have the modest goals of raising more money than my pastor [teehee] and landing our Walk among the Top Ten in NJ. Even though I'll be away on the day of the walk, I'll bike the route more than once before and after, to assess conditions and to put up and take down signs for the walk. So never fear, I'll more than go the distance!
If you have any questions, just leave a comment or send an email to jerseyknitter [at] gmail [dot] com – I'll respond as quickly as I can. And especially for Kristen, who appreciates slogans, here's the CROP Walk motto: