Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB)
September 27, 2017
Today, United Way of Greater Los Angeles announced registration is open for the 11th annual HomeWalk. The 5K family run/walk to end homelessness will take place on November 18, 2017 at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. This year, United Way’s goals are bigger than ever: raise $1.5 million to directly support its mission of ending homelessness in L.A. County. Over the past 10 years, HomeWalk has successfully mobilized more than 85,000 people and raised $7.6 million in funding, which directly helped to bring 18,000 of our homeless neighbors home for good. Currently, more than 57,000 individuals, families, and veterans are homeless in L.A. County.
“Homelessness is an issue that’s bigger than any one of us. HomeWalk is United Way’s signature event of the year because it mobilizes thousands of Angelenos to not only give a voice to those who are silent, but find and fund the solutions that work. We invite all members of the community to participate in HomeWalk by registering, fundraising, or volunteering at the event,” said Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “After more than 10 years of hosting this successful event, we know that Angelenos are invested in solving this issue. United, we can create a real impact and accomplish the amazing feat of bringing our homeless neighbors home for good.”
This year’s HomeWalk comes on the heels of the passage of Prop HHH and Measure H, which will bring $4.5 billion for building permanent supportive housing and homeless services in Los Angeles over the next five years. While the city and county have taken a tremendous leap towards ending homelessness with this funding, more work is needed to reach that goal.
The 11th annual HomeWalk wouldn’t be possible without support from its sponsors – allowing 100% of funds raised from participants to go directly back into the community. This year’s sponsors include recurring Presenting Sponsor: the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, VIP Sponsors, AECOM and the Annenberg Foundation, as well as Major Sponsors including AEG, Dignity Health, JP Morgan Chase, SoCalGas, and Torrance Refining Company.