Outrunning Homelessness Sets a Higher Goal

How do you make a great fundraising Race and Walk even better? If you’re the non-profit organization, School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA), you start by setting your goals higher every year. You do this because you know that every additional dollar raised translates into academic support for more children impacted by homelessness.

Outrunning Homelessness 5K/2.6 Mile Race & Fun Walk was originally founded in 2011 by a group of Oliver Ames High School student volunteers, and last year it attracted over 500 individuals, more than 20 corporate sponsors, and raised $27,000. Money raised by this event helped SOWMA to continue serving students who have no place to call home.

With a deeper understanding of event planning and execution under his feet in his fourth year as Director, Dennis Harkins, a Suffolk University Junior from Easton (Oliver Ames Alumni), is aiming to connect with a broader pool of participants. “We are hoping to raise at least $30,000 in 2014. To date, we have already raised over $20,000.”

The Outrunning Homelessness 5K/2.6 Mile Race & Fun Walk will kick off at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, at DCR’s Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Ave., Easton. Registration and check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.

This year so far, the event is generously supported by anchor sponsor Crescent Credit Union, with additional support from and Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, Columbia Gas, Evolution Sports Performance, Wizard Computer Services, Inc., Mutual Bank, Unity Church of North Easton, Good Samaritan Hospital, Morse Insurance Agency, Cathy Adler and Ellen Dehm, and Maplewood Country Day Camp and Enrichment Center.

While the financial goal for SOWMA’s Outrunning Homelessness 5K/2.6Mile Race & Fun Walk may change from year to year, the purpose remains constant--to bring the community together to support SOWMA’s mission of providing academic support and one-on-one tutoring/mentoring to children impacted by homelessness.

With an estimated 44,000 homeless children enrolled in Massachusetts public schools and an estimated dropout rate of more than 75% among homeless teens, SOWMA has seen dramatic growth in the need for its life-changing services.

Businesses, teams, and individuals are invited to join SOWMA on Saturday, April 26, for the Outrunning Homelessness Race & Fun Walk. Families are encouraged to bring kids and pets out for a fun spring day. The Easton Mom’s Club is sponsoring kids’ activities at the end of the race/walk, which will include Jennifer Rose Face Painting.

Teams are a great way to build camaraderie and raise funds for SOWMA. 

Online registration is now open through 4/22 on RaceWire
Walkers and runners can register in person at 8am on the day of the event.

Learn more about this and other SOWMA programs.



School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) is the only organization in the state providing customized academic services, one-on-one tutoring, new backpacks and school supplies, and educational advocacy and support to children impacted by homelessness in multiple locations. SOWMA is dedicated to helping each child reach his or her full academic potential. To make a donation to SOWMA or to find out more about their programs for children and teens impacted by homelessness, visit their website at www.sowma.org, or phone 508-587-9091.




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