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Third Annual 5K Home Run For The Homeless To Be Held In Arlington

Community Lodgings, Bridges to Independence, and Homestretch are local homeless outreach and community organizations. They are hosting their Third Annual 5K Home Run for the Homeless to raise support for Northern Virginia homeless families. This event will take place virtually, giving runners the ability to run when and where they would like between last Saturday, Oct. 10, World Homeless Day, and Saturday, Oct. 31.

According to the Arlington Connection, "Additionally, Amazon will sponsor 60 runners for the event, 20 each from the three partner organizations, including families, volunteers, staff, and board members. To combat homelessness, all three organizations are combining efforts to raise funding to support and empower homeless parents and children to achieve self-sufficiency. The organizations also offer a variety of services including mentoring, case management, job readiness, and financial literacy." As per Arlington Connection, "A study of urban poverty in Northern Virginia from 2017 found an overwhelmingly high concentration of individuals of color living in poorer neighborhoods, and that these neighborhoods, despite their proximity to resources and wealth, shape residents' health and education outcomes. Sam Kelly, CEO of Bridges to Independence, added, “The ‘independence’ in Bridges to Independence is about breaking the cycle of poverty that this study identifies. Your support helps families of color improve their socio-economic conditions."

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