Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County is hosting a fundraiser walk called “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” at 10 a.m. on Oct. 9 in Ann Arbor. Funds raised will be used for housing, food & nutrition, employment services and transportation to support area refugees.
“You are not required to collect donations and are more than welcome to come and learn about JFS’s many services and other events. We encourage anyone to start a team, as even small donations add up!” Cole T. Nelson, Community Engagement and Events Coordinator at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, said.
Multiple forms of donations are accepted, including cash or check on-site and online donation options.
“This is our second year hosting this event, as we continue to see a need for others to walk in the shoes of those such as refugees and other people who require our services,” Nelson said. “While other JFS groups may host different fundraising events, our Walk a Mile event is unique to us with our own speakers, charity sponsors, and goals for our fundraising,”
JFS says that most of their events are not geared towards fundraising, but the organization’s mission is to better the communities in Washtnew County.
“We are a nonprofit agency with the sole intent to assist as many in the Washtenaw County area and beyond regardless of age, religion, gender, or any factor. This is an expensive task including funding a food bank, transportation services, and a massive refugee resettlement program, which will be the primary recipient of the funding from Walk a Mile,” Nelson said
The "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" event is set to happen rain or shine, so attendees should dress appropriately according to outdoor weather conditions.
The walk will be held at Burns Park and Burns Park Elementary School located at 1200 Baldwin Avenue. People interested in participating can register at https://jfsannarbor.org and start a team to fundraise at no cost.