A group of high school students in the US started a walk to raise money for their friend who was hit by a car. The fundraiser has raised $43,000 so far and is still going strong.
A long walk home movie is a documentary that follows three friends, who are all homeless, as they walk from New York to San Francisco. The film was released on November 16th, 2015 by the Long Walk Home Fundraiser.
The profits will go entirely to ECHO’s housing programs in North County.
ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — The community came out to support the Long Walk Home fundraiser for El Camino Homeless Organization on Saturday, Sept. 25. (ECHO).
The annual event brings the community together to raise awareness about homelessness in our town. With three safe and secure overnight shelters in Atascadero and Paso Robles, the organization serves North County.
“The community continues to surprise us; this is our tenth annual long walk home, and based on the numbers of individuals, I would estimate that 200 to 300 people came out to support the community that we serve, so it was really amazing,” said Wendy Lewis, ECHO’s Executive Director.
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Participants traveled from ECHO Atascadero on Atascadero Ave. to the Rotunda building in Sunken Gardens off El Camino Real, where they posed for the customary group picture on the steps of City Hall. Participants were then sent back to ECHO, where volunteers were preparing a BBQ dinner for them to take home.
Atascadero Mayor Heather Moreno, Atascadero City Council Members Charles Bourbeau, Mark Dariz, and Susan Funk, ECHO founders and this year’s Colony Days King and Queen Mike and Charlotte Byrne, and many more were among the attendees.
“This is our tenth annual, and we set a target of $40,000, which was a little more than we used to do [before to COVID], but we had so many great sponsors come on board, and with the attendance today, I believe we’ll reach or even surpass that,” Lewis said.
With a total of $43,000 raised and over 200 individuals participating in the walk, they were able to surpass their target.
“The community is amazing, and anybody who wants to help [ECHO] can simply go to echoselter.org and contribute right there,” Lewis said.
The profits go entirely to ECHO’s North County housing and food programs, as well as supporting services.
“This was a North County walk to support all of our efforts, our expansion, our recent move to Paso Robles, and heading into winter; it will go to the emergency winter shelter, so today’s support will help our entire organization meet the capacity that we have grown to and really make sure that it all keeps happening,” Lewis said.
Sponsors for A Long Walk Home included:
Howard Products, Inc. is a founding sponsor.
Pacific Premier Bank is the event’s presenting sponsor.
Perfect Union is a Silver and Bronze Sponsor. SESLOC Community West Bank of the Federal Credit Union Gerber Automotive Solarponics is a company that specializes in automotive solarponics. Elaine and Don Witmer Atascadero 76 Brezden, SoCalGas Controlling pests SLO County Board of Supervisors Stifel Nicolaus
ECHO Partners in Kind Dimes Media KSBY
This year, ECHO celebrates 20 years of service to San Luis Obispo County. What started as a grass-roots initiative in 2001 has grown into a multi-facility, full-service organization that assists people who are homeless in our community. Donors, volunteers, and sponsors are essential to the organization’s development and ongoing contribution to the community.
Please visit echoshelter.org for more information.
As an example:
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- the long walk home cast
- the long walk movie