Sunday, November 9, 2014

Announcing: the Single Step Project to End Homelessness.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step...

In my previous blog article, I sketched the outline for the Single Step Project, now I would like to share with you how this will work.

On January 1, 2015 I will begin walking daily to raise funds and awareness for homelessness. The first walks will primarily take place in my hometown, but they will be carefully mapped, documented and blogged. Over the course of 2015, I will complete a minimum of 1,000 miles, partially at home, but partially at various events to bring awareness to the cause.

100% of what is pledged through the online fundraising will be sent to various organizations that serve the homeless. The only monies I will receive will be appearance and speaking fees, and I will only accept what is needed to cover travel expenses.

It will work similar to the old "walkathons" I remember from my youth. Supporters will pledge an amount per mile and this will be the primary funding source. Because it is a 1,000 mile trip, remember a pledge of 1 cent per mile is a $10 pledge.

Although I will be walking beyond 1,000 miles, the 1,000 mile barrier is symbolic, and I am only asking for pledge support for the first 1,000 miles, although I welcome additional support.
All pledges will be recognized on the Facebook page and, ultimately, the website. In addition, I am providing an extra incentive for those who are able to contribute more. I am acquiring a shopping cart that I will be pushing at various events, and I will hang signs with the names of all sponsors who can contribute 25 cents per mile ($250) or more.

I will publicize my walks at various events and encourage you to join me in this adventure. This will be a challenging, yet exciting journey and I look forward to sharing it with you.

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