2020 Friends of the Poor Walk Registration
No set fee!!! There is no cost to participate in the Friends of the Poor Walk, but we do encourage donations.
REGISTER TODAY – Three easy ways to sign-up for the Walk:
- Go to our Online Registration Form (CLICK HERE) – you can register online (you can bring any donation amount the day of the race or mail to us with your form).
- Download the Registration PDF (CLICK HERE). You can complete your registration and turn it in on race day!
- Register on the National Friends of the Poor Walk website by CLICKING HERE (note: this link should take you to the Evansville Walk page. If you are redirected to a general page, please be sure to select the Evansville Walk so your donation and information is sent to us.)
How your support of the Walk helps to impact the lives of those we serve.
- Our Food Pantry, through the help of approximately 120 volunteers, provided enough high quality food to last a family for three to four days to 14,783 families totaling 28,449 individuals, about 2,371 individuals per month.
- Our Thrift Store provided free clothing to 1,419 adults and 928 children equivalent to about $28,000 worth of clothing.
- Our Thrift Store, through vouchers paid at cost or less by our conferences, provided more than 850 free or extremely low-cost bed units to those in need.
- Our Thrift Store provided a source of low priced clothing, furniture and household goods to those in need totaling more than $42,000.
- Our 19 conferences comprised of almost 500 Vincentians made a total of 12,565 home visits helping 23,540 people in need to avoid utility shut off or eviction, obtain basic household goods, prescription medications and other necessities of life. Importantly, these visits were made on a person to person basis, hopefully expressing human concern and spiritual hope to those in need on a personal basis. Those conferences donated at total of $449,207 to people in our community.
- A Systemic Change program was initiated in collaboration with Evansville ARC to train adults with disabilities in work ethics, interview skills and interdisciplinary skills to obtain employment and become self-sustaining or near self-sustaining. We have also started a relationship with the local ResCare Workforce Services in helping those in our community get back to work after being the recipient of social services aid. We have worked with more than 60 individuals since the program started in November 2016.
- Recognizing the need to make improvements to our store, we have taken significant steps to reduce payroll, eliminate warehouse fees, paint and improve the Walnut Street Store and consult with retail experts to streamline and improve our store performance. We were also able to put on a new roof in 2018 through generous private donations and foundation grants, and the restrooms at the Thrift Store are being renovated to allow access to individuals with disabilities.
“Walk a mile in my shoes.”
By participating in the Friends of the Poor Walk, you are doing your part to change lives. Whether you have never had to deal with hardship or you recently received a service from St. Vincent de Paul, you can make a difference!
With your generosity, support and participation, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Evansville will continue to change lives and provide critical services for those in need.