By Warren Wade, Bloomington Center
Homeward Bound, a project of the Indiana Coalition on Housing and Homeless Issues, is a series of annual walks that take place in communities throughout the state of Indiana during the month of April.
Since its inception in 2003, Homeward Bound has raised nearly $2,000,000 for over 90 affordable housing and homeless service providers around the state. This year the walk took place on April 6th at 3rd St. Park in downtown Bloomington. There were over 500 participants, walking for homelessness intervention and prevention, and over $75,000 raised.
Robby, Matt, David, Jeffrey, and Amy all participated and walked the whole 5k. Instead of walking, Maggie stayed behind to help with event organization duties. She was holding a flag and cheering people at the finish when we arrived back at the park. It was a beautiful day and was wonderful weather for the event.
CIP students also volunteered their time and energy to this important event by fund raising. Last year, CIP raised almost $2000 that went to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, local food pantry whose mission is “to provide healthful, wholesome food to people in need, as well as nutrition and gardening education and to provide our services in ways that build community while enhancing the dignity, respect, and self-care of all involved.” The money raised this year also went to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard.