FAQ:  2017 SCHENECTADY CROP WALK

What is it?    The CROP Walk is a community celebration where people from all walks of life join in common cause to fight hunger here and overseas.  “We walk because they walk” is a living symbol that we walk one day a year because  many people here and overseas walk every day:  for the basics of life:  water, food, shelter.  Too often it is for their lives:  we see refugees fleeing war and disaster.  Funds raised are used locally for food pantries and meal programs and funds overseas are used for relief, refugee resettlement, and self-help development through partner agencies or designated by contributors.  Schenectady’s CROP Walk has consistently been a strong witness, thanks to many! 

The Goal for this year:  400 Walkers raising $45,000
Last year our event was among the top 20 in the nation!

What Does CROP Stand For?  Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty

+People are hungry because they are poor+

Who can take part?  All are welcome!    We welcome babies in strollers, no upper age limit; many dogs have taken their owners on the route.  Individuals can join who are not parts of a group or team; and are welcome to come the day of the event.

Who Are Recruiters?  Recruiters recruit others in a congregation, business, group, etc.  A group can have multiple recruiters.  Recruiters enlist others, promote the event, and then collect sponsor records with funds.  Recruiters are the “champions.”  We have a special shirt for recruiters; each participant also gets a regular t-shirt on the day of the event.

What Does CROP Stand For?  Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty
+People are hungry because they are poor+

Who can take part?  All are welcome!    We welcome babies in strollers, no upper age limit; many dogs have taken their owners on the route.  Individuals can join who are not parts of a group or team; and are welcome to come the day of the event.

Who Are Recruiters?  Recruiters recruit others in a congregation, business, group, etc.  A group can have multiple recruiters.  Recruiters enlist others, promote the event, and then collect sponsor records with funds.  Recruiters are the “champions.”  We have a special shirt for recruiters; each participant also gets a regular t-shirt on the day of the event.   
 
Date:                             Sunday, May 7, 2017 (rain or shine)

Start/End:                Emmanuel/Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace 12307
Parking in MVP garage or nearby lots

Registration:              Begins at 12:30 pm, continuous until the opening ceremony
Walkers turn in funds or register

Start:                                 1:30 pm after a brief opening ceremony at 1:20 pm

Route:                       Loop about 3 miles downtown, just by the Greenmarket, loop back; a                                            shorter route (Golden Mile) available also

Incentives:              Everyone:  a local unique CROP t-shirt
$50+:  a unique CROP mug

Internet Teams:  various incentives, visit www.crophungerwalk.org/schenectady

Materials:         Emmanuel Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace, Schenectady (374-4114) M to F
Preferred time:  10 am to 2:30 pm; call for an alternate time to pick up if needed
SICM Office, 1055 Wendell Ave, 12308 374-2683; most materials are at Emmanuel Friedens

How Does It Work?              Participants obtain their own sponsors.  Funds are turned in to the recruiter (who is encouraged to turn them in the day of the event).  After the event, turn funds and unused forms to the SICM office, 1055 Wendell Avenue 12308 (not Key Bank). 75% of funds go to overseas relief, self-help development and refugee resettlement; 25% of funds remain local for food assistance programs.  You can form a team on the Internet: “Walk on the Web” and get sponsors far and near!

Who Sponsors It?  Local ecumenical organizations (Schenectady Inner City Ministry) coordinate efforts for a common day (Capital Area Council of Churches).  CROP is the Community Hunger Appeal.

More Information?  Email:   revphil@sicm.us/call 374-2683 ext. 111.  Resources;   www.cwsglobal.org

 


 

Daily Gazette Article: Schenectady CROP Walk raises $50,000 to fight hunger