Thursday, July 31, 2014

Plans being made for the 2014 Walk

Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk
Sunday, Sept. 28th.  Second Presbyterian Church, Ransom/E. Main
3:00 PM registration   3:30 PM--3 mile experiential Walk
Special Guests :  Rev. John McCullough, CEO and President Church World Service and Mr. John Dolon, KY-IN Field Director for CWS
         Interested in learning more about local and global hunger issues? Astonished that many of our neighbors worldwide do not have access to clean, safe water! Wonder what other problems contribute to our sisters, brothers and children living in poverty---here  KY and around the world?  AND....you want to actively "do something" to help end it?

         YOU CAN... by taking one step at a time with your Central KY friends and neighbors.  Sponsored by Church World Service (CWS), the CROP  Hunger Walk is the oldest hunger- fighting fundraising and educational event in the US.  More than 1600 communities gather together to WALK in solidarity for those in need of basic, human rights.  We are a very diverse mix of faiths, cultures, individuals, groups, schools, organizations from 6 Central Ky counties that work together every Fall.  25% of the money we raise is given to our local God's Pantry Food Bank and the remainder to CWS to support the life-saving global work.  Rest assured, the work of Church World Service is based on a 'hands-up' model  (get to the root of the problem); not a 'hand-out' focus.  Discover more-www.churchworldservice.org.

           The 2014 CROP Hunger Walk is currently STEPS ahead of any prior year!  There is still plenty of time to join the 'Water-Dime' Kick-off program.  During the past couple months, more the 100 bottles are being 'tapped' with DIMES to "help CWS bring clean, safe water through sustainable solutions to our neighbors worldwide", including Eastern KY!  A 16 oz water bottle filled with just DIMES equals nearly $100.00.  Definitely a fun, easy, promotional WALK tool for you, your family, friends, church, work, etc.  Everyone has a dime or two to spare! PLEASE, email me (jke659@gmail.com) and I will deliver your labeled bottle(s) or mail the labels if you live outside Fayette CO.

           OTHER pre-Walk activities your organizing team (Alice, Anne, Stacey, Stephen and Suzi) are planning:
       Recruiter's Rally, Thurs. Aug. 21st, 2nd Presbyterian Church, Lex.  7 P-8:30P   Alice Rogers, God's Pantry staff, will be our guest speaker.
       Watch for your email invitation within next 10 days!  You will receive all needed materials, posters, church bulletins, etc. to promote your group's Walk.  Also, I will have T-shirts available at a reduced rate for all recruiters!  PLEASE, inform me if you are interested in representing your group and attending the Rally!  Right now, approx. 30 groups are involved.  We are the largest Walk in KY!

Hunger/Poverty Sign-making party for all YOUTHS. Thanks to Stacey Stone, our creative, educational leader.  More info later.

             Once again, my honor to work with all my team, recruiters, and volunteers as we plan for this year's exciting Walk!  We are looking forward to meeting and welcoming new groups as we grow this mission.

              Blessings with Joy and Peace,
              Judy Maxson, Walk coordinator
             "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. BUT, the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."
          Thanks, Mother Teresa ! 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

2013 Walk Review

"They are to do good, to be rich in good works,
to be generous and ready to share...."

                     1 Timothy 6:18
       Approximately 325 caring, concerned Central KY citizens walked in solidarity at the Greater Lex. CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, Sept. 29th for all our sisters and brothers, not only in KY, but around the world struggling with the moral issues of hunger and poverty.

       We were pleased to welcome many new 'faces' representing new churches and organizations!  Joining our mission were Walkers from Christ The King, Historic St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal, First Presbyterian, Southland Christian, Montgomery County Public Schools, Diana Evans School of Dance, Jessie Clark and Beaumont Middle Schools, and Costco....along with about 8 'walk-ups'.  WOW! Total 26 church groups and 5 organizations from 6 counties gathering to advocate for the common good of all.

       Abundant Thanks to Steve Wyatt and friends from Woodland Christian, Rev. Wendy and Oxford Christian members, Stacey Stone, her family and youth from UUC, Rev. Jerry and youth from 1st Christian, Winchester, 2nd Presbyterian youth lead by Lucie and Patrick, and Alice, God's Pantry for their very informative, creative, and detailed educational presentations! Your efforts and time involved with researching facts to develop your posters and brochures were imperative with increasing awareness of hunger and poverty. I hope each one of you received as many compliments about your 'stations' as I heard!

       As of today (Oct. 17), with several groups still raising/collecting funds, we have approximately $14,000.  PLEASE continue to promote giving to our CROP Hunger Walk for Thanksgiving and Christmas ..... and your birthday, Mother's and Father's Day, etc. :)  The online site is available through MARCH 14th.

       Once again, MANY THANKS! to my team, participants, recruiters, and volunteers that contributed to our most successful CROP Hunger Walk yet!   Next year's Walk: SUNDAY, SEPT. 28th, 2014.

Peace, Love, and Joy
       Judy Maxson, Walk Coordinator

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Be a Part of the Solution!

"One in six people are at risk of being hungry in KY.
We're feeding one in seven people in KY right now."
Marian Guinn, CEO of God's Pantry ....(from 9-18 H-L article)
 
     Every concerned participant in this year's Hunger Walk is feeling an urgency to increase our passionate determination to not only increase this community's awareness of hunger within our neighborhoods but to reach our $30,000 goal to assist God's Pantry and Church World Service.  The moral issues of hunger and poverty are well delineated in the article written by Tom Eblen in the Herald-Leader, 9-18.

     It is unimaginable that our government would even consider ! the proposed drastic cuts in our anti-hunger food programs.  The impact on our most vulnerable sisters and brothers---the working poor, seniors on limited incomes, disabled and yes, OUR children will be devastating!   If this travesty occurs, the gap between the rich and poor will be  'totally off the chart'. ....and then there are the global issues of hunger and poverty that is the cornerstone of Church World Service's mission. They promote food security with programs that empower communities with sustainable agricultural skills, provide water resources to grow crops, support nutrition education, etc.

     Be a part of the solution!  Walk with your Greater Lex. Community to advocate for those in need on SEPT. 29th.  Meet your neighbors at 3 PM (no fee registration).  The 3.2 mile educational Walk begins at 3:30 PM.

     I am pleased to announce that COSCO asked us :) "to help out with the hunger walk."  WOW!! GOOD NEWS indeed!  They will provide water upon your 3 PM arrival.  Do welcome their support, their arrival in Lex., and COSCO's employees that will Walk with us!  THANK YOU!

     Do bring canned meats, peanut butter, other sources of protein foods to the Walk for God's Pantry.  They will also have a display/info table on site.  Create a poster sharing why you are Walking, attached to a yardstick, to carry with you. We want people to know WHY we are Walking!

Looking forward to seeing all of you in just a few days!!
      Blessings,
      Judy Maxson, coordinator



Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 CROP Hunger Walk Goal Set

"O God, to those who have hunger, give bread,
and to us who have bread, give the hunger for justice."

               Prayer from Latin America

      The 25th Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk will be SUNDAY, SEPT. 29th beginning with registration (no fee) at 3:00 PM at Second Presbyterian Church, E. Main.  The 3.2 mile experiential Walk begins at 3:30 PM.  25% of the funds raised are given to our local God's Pantry Food Bank and 75% to Church World Service for global needs. Everyone is welcome to join us on Walk Day.

      Currently, 19 area-wide churches have committed to walking in solidarity to take a stand against the moral issues of hunger and poverty in our communities and around the world.  We were informed by Alice R. from God's Pantry at our recent Recruiter's Rally that the 2012 grant they received from our Walk enabled them to serve 27,000 ! meals to our sisters and brothers in need in Central and Eastern KY.  Our total funds raised last year---$22,444.

      Aware that our efforts DO make a difference, we are diligently working with passionate determination to reach our $30,000 goal this year!

      Our Online Donation site is now available and will be open through March 2014.

      Please review the websites of Church World Service and the God's Pantry to learn more about their programs.

THANK YOU!
      Judy Maxson, coordinator  
      jke659@gmail.com

Beaumont Presbyterian 2012 Walk Team
 
2013 CROP Walk Route (3.2 miles)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

275 walk in solidarity against hunger and poverty

   "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have too much....it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."
    F.D.Roosevelt
2012 Walkers

     Once again, we were blessed with another warm, sunny afternoon to Walk in solidarity as we took a stand against local and global hunger and poverty. It is always inspirational to witness 'new' churches and organizations join this interfaith mission as we work together to help bring help and hope to our sisters and brothers in need.

Central Baptist Walkers
     Approximately 275 walkers representing 27 groups participated.  It was wonderful to have a group of students from Lexington Catholic HS join us along with Central Baptist Church, Bluegrass United Christian Church and Lawrenceburg United Methodist Church. To date we have raised approx. $18,000....with a few more groups still collecting. :)  I recognize that the initial hopeful goal of $30,000 is not attainable at this time, but we will aim for that next year.

Walking Family
     Do remember that the online donation site is available through March 2013.  Since we truly don't need any more 'stuff', once again, this is the perfect gift suggestion to your family for your Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts. God's Pantry and CWS need our support all year long.

     Abundant THANKS to my team, recruiters, and volunteers for your time and energy with making the 2012 Greater Lexington CROP Hunger Walk a success! It was my honor to work with each one of you and I'm definitely looking forward to doing so next year! The 2013 Walk will be SUNDAY, Sept. 29th with a Recruiter's Rally in mid August.

     A Blessed Thanksgiving and Joyous Christmas to all,
     Gratitude and Peace,
         Judy

Young walker with her message

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Walking for clean water

          How far would you walk for a sip of water?  Maybe across the shopping mall?   On Sept. 30th we're gathering together with others in our Central Ky. community to WALK for a better world, to WALK for people who have to walk miles just to find clean water to drink.  Come out and WALK with us.  You'll be doing good and it's good for you!

         You will also be Walking to support the work of our local God's Pantry.  They still need to reach approximately 100,000 more people in need in Central and Eastern Ky!

         Thanks to everyone for the gifts they have already donated on line!  To date, the most ever at this time - a week before the Walk: $4,239.00!

          See you Sunday, Sept. 30th, 3:00 PM at 2nd Presbyterian Church.  Remember, NO FEE for registration.  The 3 mile experiential Walk begins at 3:30 PM.  Bring a non-perishable food item for God's Pantry!

Blessings,
   Judy

Here is our 2012 3-mile experiential route:


View CROP Walk 2012 in a larger map

Monday, September 10, 2012

Walking together to take a stand

"Hunger: Just the Facts"
  (source: UN Food and Agriculture Org., US Dept. of Agriculture)
Worldwide: 98% of the world's hungry live in developing countries.

In the USA: 50.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households.
....and each one of us can make a difference in the lives of ALL our neighbors, near and far, by walking together to take a stand against hunger in our world.

The Greater Lex. CROP Hunger Walk is open to everyone concerned with the moral issues of hunger and poverty. There is NO registration fee when you arrive at 3:00 PM Sunday, Sept. 30th at Second Presbyterian Church, E.Main/Ransom St., Lex. KY. The 3 mile experiential Walk begins promptly at 3:30 PM.

Just bring at least one friend!, a non-perishable food item for God's Pantry (can meats and peanut butter are really needed), and your water bottle to be refilled at the water stop along the route. The Walk logo T-shirts will be available for sale too.

As of Sept. 10th, 30 churches/school groups/organizations have committed to 'Helping End Hunger One Step at a Time.' 11 Teams are already receiving on-line donations at www.cropwalkonline.org. WOW! $2,475 just now. (The on-line site is available through March 2013.)  You also have the option to set-up your own, personalized fundraising 'Team.' Just follow the simple instructions, which include Walk registration, at www.cropwalkonline.org.

Working together, we can help build a world where there is enough for all.

Abundant Thanks!
     Judy Ellis