AMESBURY — Immaculate Conception and Holy Family Conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are encouraging the communities of Amesbury, Merrimac, Newburyport, Salisbury and West Newbury to take to the streets and WALK 4 the POOR on Saturday, Sept. 28. In doing so, the two local chapters of the national Society of St. Vincent de Paul organization, through their twin walks in Amesbury and Newburyport, hope to raise funds to be used in assisting the poor throughout the five towns.
According to CityData.com, 3,900 residents living within the five communities are living at or below the poverty level. Of these numbers’ total, the data source goes on to report, more than 1,500 are considered the very poor: i.e., folks living at less than 50 percent of the poverty level. And that approximately 600 children who are under the age of 14 and who live in Amesbury, Merrimac, Newburyport, Salisbury or West Newbury, experience the crush of poverty daily.
The money raised by walkers and through those supporting them will be used by the local Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences to provide a wide range of assistance to the needy including: housing assistance; disaster relief; food and medicine support; clothing provision; transportation and utility costs aid; and care for the elderly. All of the funds raised by the two local walks will remain local and be used to help those in need.
Information about the walks can be found at hfamesbury.com/walk, where concerned community members can sign up to walk or make a pledge online. Sign-ups will also be held at registration on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8:30 to 9 a.m. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. in Amesbury at the front of the Holy Family Parish on School Street, and in Newburyport at the front of Immaculate Conception Parish on Green Street. Each WALK will follow a 4K (2.5-mile) route in their respective town.
All walkers raising at least $60 in collected pledges will receive a free WALK 4 the POOR T-shirt. The WALKs are open to anyone. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
More information about the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul can be found at www.svdpusa.org/.