By Portia Williams
The Scioto County Crop Walk committee is seeking to get more churches and volunteers involved in the annual Crop Walk event, set to take place Sept. 28, 2014, in Tracy Park. SCCW Coordinator Elsie Shabazz recently met with members of the Scioto County Ministerial Association to share information with the group about the upcoming walk.
In an effort to garner more support for the upcoming annual Crop Walk event in the fall, Shabazz shared with SCMA the committees goals for this year’s event. According to Shabazz, more than $20,000 was raised for last year’s walk.
“Last year we had 201 walkers, and we raised $21, 114.34. Since 1992, since it started, we’ve had 6,175 walkers, and have raised $611, 870 within the 22 years. Scioto County is the second highest county in Ohio for funds raised for the Crop Walk,” Shabazz said.
According to Shabazz, $146,073.66 of the $611,870 remained here in Scioto County, and has been disseminated to food pantries throughout the county. She distributed cards baring more information about the upcoming walk to the group
“The money is used in good ways. What we are looking for this year is at least 25 recruiters, and right now we have about 15. We need 25 recruiters to have at least 10 people on their teams,” she said. “Our goal this year is to raise at least $25,000.”
She said in recent years, Scioto County has raised as much as $40,000.
“The highest year here in Scioto County that we have raised was in 2000, when we raised $41,000. I know that times are hard, and times have changed, but things have changed for other people too including the people that we can assist with our food pantries,” she said. “We hope that if your church is not already involved, that you can rally someone at your church to be a recruiter
She said Scioto Crop Walk will be hosting a recruiter training meeting on either Aug. 3, or Aug. 10. Details for the training will are forthcoming and will be announced in the newspaper and on the local radio stations.
“We know that the recruiter training will be at Second Presbyterian Church, we are just not sure what the date will be as of yet,” she said. “We would just appreciate any help that we can get from you pastors, and ministers to push this along in your churches, so that we can meet our goal this year.”
To learn more about the upcoming Crop Walk, visit the website at: www.sciotocountysciotocrop.org, or visit the Facebook page at Scioto County Crop Walk.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.