WANT TO WALK OR RUN IN THE GREAT FALLS CROPWALK OR SPONSOR ANOTHER AITZ CHAIM CONGREGANT?
Great Falls CROP Hunger Walk – Great Falls, MT – Sunday, October 4, 2015
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others, including the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.
On October 17, 1969, a thousand people in Bismarck, ND, walked in what may have been the start of the hunger walks related to CROP – and raised $25,000 to help stop hunger. As far as we know, York County, Penn., was the first walk officially called the CROP Walk for the Hungry – and that event has been continuous since 1970. Several other CROP Hunger Walks occurred soon thereafter, and before long there were hundreds of Walks each year in communities nationwide.
Currently, well over 2,000 communities across the U.S. join in more than 1,300 CROP Hunger Walks each year. More than five million CROP Hunger Walkers have participated in more than 36,000 CROP Hunger Walks in the last two decades alone.
What does CROP stand for?
When CROP began in 1947 (under the wing of Church World Service, which was founded in 1946), CROP was an acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program. Its primary mission was to help Midwest farm families to share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia.
Today, we’ve outgrown the acronym but we retain it as the historic name of the program. CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith hunger education and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by CWS local offices across the U.S.
Where do CROP Hunger Walk funds go?
CROP Hunger Walks help to support the overall ministry of Church World Service, especially grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. In addition, each local CROP Hunger Walk can choose to return up to 25 percent of the funds it raises to hunger-fighting programs in its own community. 25% of revenues raised in Great Falls will go to support our local My Neighbor In Need organization.
CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths, and their needs, something CWS has learned through some 68 years of working in partnership around the world.
The Great Falls CROP Walk will be Sunday, October 4, 2015. Registration begins at 12:30 P.M. Walkers/runners will assemble at the band shell at Gibson Park at 1:00 P.M. . to begin the CROP Walk. The exact route of the CROP Walk is yet to be determined.
How can I participate?
There are two ways you can participate in the Great Falls CROP Walk.
1. Collect sponsors and walk/run in the Great Falls CROP Walk.
2. Sponsor someone else who is participating in the Great Falls CROP Walk.
The list of Aitz Chaim congregants who will be participating in the Great Falls CROP Walk currently includes:
- Laura LaBelle
- Laura Weiss
- Terry Thal
- Wendy Weissman
- Julie Nice
- Meriam Nagel
- Jack and Diane Sherick
- Robert Fineman
- Nadyne Weissman
- Helen Cherry
Your company may match your donation!
Matching gifts are a great way to make your support go further in the fight against hunger!
When making a donation in support of a CROP Hunger Walk participant or team, you’ll see a section called “Matching Gift Information” on the donation form. Enter your company name in the box to “Find Your Employer”, then click the search button.
If your employer is listed, you’ll see the criteria for the match. Your donation receipt will provide any contact information we have for your company, which you can use to request the match.