We may be surrounded by corn, but Champaign-Urbana is still a great place to live.
What most of us don’t know is what it’s like to live in this area without a roof over our heads. Whether you live on campus or off, you know there is a large homeless presence in our community.
C-U At Home is taking steps (literally) to fight homelessness in the area by sponsoring “One Summer Day 2012,” a community walk intended to bring attention to homelessness. The walk will take place on Saturday, June 30, at Hessel Park from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
The event also acts as a fundraiser for several local organizations that support the homeless in our community, including Austin’s Place, C-U at Home, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, the Canteen Run, Restoration Urban Ministries, St. Jude Catholic Worker House and the TIMES Center.
The first 100 workers who register get to push a grocery cart during the walk. People can donate to these local organizations by putting items in this cart. Donations and funds will be split between all the agencies.
C-U at Home hopes to raise $20,000 at the event and have at least 200 workers. The event will take place regardless of weather conditions, so everyone is encouraged to attend.