Join us for the 32nd Annual Martha’s Vineyard CROP Hunger Walk, Sunday, October 16 and CROP Hunger Walk-A-Thon, October 1 – 16.
In the face of the continuing needs of hungry people around the world, in our nation, and on Martha’s Vineyard, especially in a time of natural disasters, war, and a continuing pandemic, we remain committed to raising money in the fight against hunger through our annual hunger walks. Over the course of our first 31 years, the MV CROP Hunger Walks have raised $599,726 to benefit the poor and hungry around the world and on our own island.
When do we walk?
CROP Hunger Walk: Sunday, October 16, 1:30 pm
CROP Hunger Walk-A-Thon: October 1-16, anytime you like
We will gather at 1:30 pm at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven. Walkers will start as soon as their team has assembled and everyone has checked in. At the end of the walk, walkers will be welcomed back with a Walk Day Festival with music, food, and fun for all.
For those who love MV, but live elsewhere, as well as those whose health or preferences suggest they walk on their own, we are also sponsoring our third Walk-A-Thon, October 1 – 16.
How many miles do we walk?
We will walk from St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven, along Beach Road to the drawbridge, and return to St. Augustine’s Church. There will be mile markers for those who prefer to walk shorter distances. Walk-A-Thon walkers are encouraged to also walk three miles.
Who do we walk with?
Whether on the Walk Day on Martha’s Vineyard or as part of the Walk-A-Thon, we hope you will join up with friends or a group or team from your faith community, civic organization, or school.
How do we register?
Register online at Martha's Vineyard, MA CROP Hunger Walk (At the same time, set up your own page for easier fundraising.) For help, contact Libby Fielder at email@example.com or 703-424-3968. If you wish to avoid computers, contact Woody Bowman at 508-958-7058.
Tell me more about the Walk Day Festival.
There will be music, food, team photographs, information about the fight against hunger, and recognition of stand-out walkers, donors, and island hunger champions.
How do we raise money?
When you register online, set up a home page through CWS CROP, and your donors can go to that page to give. Also, create your own fundraising page on Facebook for an easy and effective way for donors to find you. Both of these methods will make fundraising a breeze! All online donations go directly to Church World Service, no need to collect checks and cash.
If you register offline, you may collect money directly from your donors. In either case, we will provide donor envelopes to you to collect any checks and cash that are given to you.
How do we submit the money we have raised?
Online donors’ money is automatically routed to Church World Service. Checks and/or cash can be turned in on October 16 at the Walk Day at St. Augustine’s or to your team leader.
How is the money used?
Twenty-five percent of the funds we raise will benefit the Island Food Pantry and the Vineyard Committee on Hunger in their services to the Island. The other funds will be used by Church World Service in the U.S. and globally for emergency food supplies, agricultural training, livestock, wells and pumps, farm seeds, and farm equipment.
Follow us on Facebook for updates, photographs from walkers, and for general information about Walk Day on October 16th, the sixteen-day Walk-A-Thon October 1 – 16, and on hunger issues generally. Together we can help end hunger in our community and around the world!