Oasis Walk for Hunger 2016
EVENT DATE: Apr 30, 2016
3 miles is a small distance to go to build hunger awareness in your own backyard.
Hundreds of walkers from the community and area congregations will be traveling on a route through Olde Towne and Downtown Portsmouth on Saturday morning, April 30th, beginning at 9 a.m. at Oasis Social Ministry at 800 Williamsburg Ave. and ending at 11 a.m. at Oasis. The goal is to alert the general public of an issue that won’t go away, especially in the current economic climate.
These walkers, who will be wearing orange in support of this 14th Annual Walk, will be getting sponsors for their efforts and will be donating all of the proceeds to Oasis Social Ministry, operating uninterrupted since 1970. Oasis has been continuously meeting the basic socio-economic needs of this region.
Celebrating over 46 years of community service, Oasis was birthed by five local Catholic Parishes. Today it has evolved into an ecumenical multi-serving agency committed to helping individuals and families to meet their basic needs and to support their efforts of self-reliance and independence. Some of our statistics from the last year are:
- $1,006, 043- Real value of items and services distributed by Oasis through its various programs.
- 11,000- Number of individuals assisted through our food pantry. This is an increase of 27% over last year.
- $324,000- Value of items given away through the thrift store, an increase of 8%.
- 207,000- Number of meals provided by the combined efforts of the food pantry and soup kitchen.
- $42,000- Estimated value of Holiday food and gifts given during Christmas and Thanksgiving.
The walk route and how to get involved: It will start out at Oasis: 800 Williamsburg Ave, and continue downtown passing many sites significant to Oasis’s history and organizations that partner with us to assist to community in need : Third Baptist; two former sites of Oasis; Zion Baptist; and St. Paul’s Catholic Church; and then return to Oasis.
An Route map is available on our website. To find out how to get involved, please contact Burgess Hodges at Oasis Social Ministry at (757) 397-6060 or email@example.com