This fall I will be hitting the roads of Hunterdon County again for the 2nd Annual Main Street Half Marathon on October 7. While my training has been a bit of a struggle this summer (the back side of age 50 is taking its toll…!), I count my health and my financial stability among my many blessings. I am among those healthy enough to run and financially stable enough to afford a race registration fee and a good pair of running shoes. Many of our Hunterdon County neighbors are not as fortunate.
Nearly 25% of Hunterdon County families struggle to make ends meet, and things as basic to many of us as a race fee or a pair of running shoes are beyond their means. The people I aim to help through this fundraising campaign are our neighbors who keep Hunterdon humming - the waitress at our favorite restaurant, the child care provider at our son’s pre-school, the friendly cashier at the grocery store, the woman who cuts our hair, the guy who mows our lawn… the people who work hard (often 2 or more jobs), and in so doing, help make our community the special place we are proud to call home.
So this year, I return to run the back roads of this idyllic community, but this time with an urgent purpose. This year, I am running to help ensure that every individual in Hunterdon County can thrive, much as I and my family have here over the years. This fall, I am running to support United Way of Hunterdon County’s efforts to prevent poverty and financially empower the working poor in our community, and I am reaching out to ask for your help. Your donation to my fundraising campaign will have a positive impact in our community by providing:
- Financial coaching to county residents who are working one or more jobs and are seeking the empowerment that comes from understanding and controlling their finances
- Backpacks loaded with school supplies to county school children whose families qualify for free and reduced lunch
- Tax preparation services for county households whose tax preparation fees are better used for buying food, paying rent, or clothing children
- Holiday gifts, such as coats, toys, and linens, to children and families in need this holiday season
- Diapers and incontinence products to families and seniors who must often choose between using their limited funds for diapers or food
Every donation, no matter how big or small, will impact the lives of fellow Hunterdon County residents. THANK YOU for joining me in helping our fellow Hunterdon County neighbors in need!