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Commonwealth Tenants Association Youth Program and Boston College Volunteers Run, Walk and Cheer Around the Res to Raise $7,500 for the CTA Youth Program
On Sunday, April 17, 100 walkers and runners from the Boston College community, CTA staff and youth met up at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir for the first Annual Walk the Res- A 5k to Raise funds for the CTA Youth Program. They walked, ran, cheered, ate bagels, and celebrated each other. CTA youth made special running badges for all the participants and welcomed them with signs as they crossed the ‘finish line’ at this special ‘mini-marathon’.
The 5k was planned under the leadership of Katie Williamson, BC Coordinator for CTA Youth Program and Sonya Owens, Director of the CTA Youth Program as the highlight of the Spring Appeal to fund the CTA After School and all youth programs. In just the first five weeks of the campaign, more than 150 supporters have contributed $7,500 to ‘The Walk the Res 5k’.
The idea for the 5k came to Katie Williamson in the middle of an After School session -as one way to raise the $45,000 needed for Youth Program budget. Katie started a gofundme page, and with many BC volunteers, the work to make the 5k a success took off.
In March, the Youth Program was awarded $20,000 from the Amelia Peabody Foundation, recognizing their confidence in our past work and future plans. The Walk the Res has been an effort of love with the goal of raising $5,000 that will inspire even more community contributions to match the Peabody Foundation grant and meet the Youth Program’s budget.
The 2016 Boston Shines neighborhood clean up will take place on May 6 & 7