September has arrived and brings with it the promise that milder weather is not far away. This is perfect for hiking Mt. Diablo, as many Alamo folks have been doing to prepare for the third annual Hike for Shelter with Hike Mt. Diablo, which will raise funds Oct. 21 to help end homelessness.
Hike Chairman Craig Chase, of Alamo, is fired up about getting the word out. As we chatted on the phone and through emails, he discussed the benefits of raising funds locally.
"I got involved in Hike because it's a cool way to incorporate the natural beauty of our area with the basic safety-net needs of our community. Every dollar we send to Washington or Sacramento comes back as 25 cents or less. Shelter Inc. is a cost-effective way to stop the cycle of homelessness in our community: food, shelter and education are among the basics we need to offer our fellow citizens, especially when the economy doesn't offer the jobs most folks need to make ends meet," wrote Craig. He shared that the committee is engaging students from the leadership classes at Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley high schools to participate, and they are also scheduled to meet with the Alamo and Danville Rotary clubs to encourage their members to join in Hike Mt. Diablo, including Rob Cuenin and Kent Johansson, both of Alamo, who are helping to recruit hikers through Rotary. Craig also mentioned that local churches are involved as well, such as Creekside Community Church and members
"Shelter Inc. is very appreciative of the continuing support of so many Alamo residents, businesses, schools, faith groups and civic groups. Hike tor Shelter provides a unique opportunity for the community to walk together on beautiful Mt. Diablo to end homelessness in Contra Costa, one family at a time," said Julie.
Alamo resident Carol Hyman celebrated her 79th birthday in 2010 by participating in the Hike for Shelter, Grand Canyon, and she looks forward to hiking Mr. Diablo. "Hike for Shelter is a great opportunity to make a difference in our own community, while meeting new people and challenging yourself to hike for a cause," Carol stressed that this hike is for all ages and fitness levels, with four different hikes being offered that day, along with training hikes scheduled for hikers to explore new trails and meet other hikers. Applications and more information can be found on the Shelter Inc. website at www.shelterincofccc.org. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Craig said he got involved with the organization after meeting the director, Tim O'Keefe.
"I was so impressed by his demeanor and the results that Shelter Inc. has had in our community," said Craig, who added in sum, "We are so fortunate in our area to have Mt. Diablo at our doorstep, and the Hike for Shelter will make Alamo folks more aware of the beauty nearby, and it will highlight the hidden challenges of suburban homelessness."
DON'T FORGET: The 30th Annual Alamo Music and Wine Festival will be Sept. 8 from noon to 10 p.m. at Alamo Plaza. For more information, go to www.alamorotary.org."
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