On October 10, 2009, the Church walked in our "Walk for Hope," a 5-mile walk to raise funds for the hungry and homeless in our area. The resources of shelters and food pantries are stretched and stressed right now, with huge increases in the numbers of people seeking their services and, in some cases, decreases in charitable giving.
Two children present a check for $457.50 to Hope Haven director Paul McLaughlin on November 2, 2009.
"Walk for Hope" was a project initiated by our Sunday School children, who desired to help the organizations which fill such a critical need in our society.
We extend our thanks to all who helped to make this effort such a great success, especially to the business and individual sponsors!
Walk for Hope is a project of the Sunday School children at King's Valley Chapel in Kingfield, ME, to raise money for the homeless and hungry.
$915.00 was raised! The money raised has been split as follows:
50% to Hope Haven Gospel Mission, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Lewiston, Maine. Hope Haven is the largest provider of homeless services in Central Maine, providing over 1/3 of all of the bed-nights (beds occupied by homeless individuals each night) in Central Maine during 2008. Hope Haven also operates a soup kitchen at its location in downtown Lewiston. The organization offers its services to all people in need, regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual preference.
The remaining 50% of funds were distributed evenly between the Care and Share Food Pantry in Fairbanks (which serves the Farmington Area) and Salem Economic Ministry (with food pantry serving Salem, Kingfield, and other area towns).
The goal was to raise operating funds for these service providers who are serving our friends, family, and neighbors in this time of great need.