Using athletic events to raise money and awareness for organizations helping LGBT people is nothing new, and we want to highlight more of them on Outsports. This one is a run/walk in Los Angeles in early November helping to benefit LGBT homeless youth and parents.
More from the event's press release:
Los Angeles, CA, September 23, 2014- The Village Run/Walk 5K and Family Festival commences on Sunday, November 9, 2014, with check-in at 8 a.m., and the race starting at 9 a.m. The event begins at Woodley Park (6350 Woodley Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91436), follows the Orange Line to Lake Balboa and returns to Woodley Park for a Kiddie K, entertainment, food, and a community resource fair featuring information from local businesses. For more information on registration and event details visit: www.VillageRunWalk.org.
"Our goal is to raise awareness and funds in order to provide vital human services to the people of the San Fernando Valley," said Hugo Villa, CEO of the Village Family Services. "By joining together, we're able to direct more resources to both agencies who represent two vulnerable populations: neglected and abused youth, and adults with developmental disabilities."
This is the first time Valley Village and The Village Family Services have come together to host a community event that will benefit two San Fernando Valley organizations that are in need of awareness and resources. These two nonprofits serve different populations, yet share a vision of building a better community for all.
"The collaborative efforts between Valley Village and The Village Family Services have been tremendous, and we look forward to seeing everyone come out to support the event," said Valley Village Executive Director Debra Donovan. "Partnerships like this allow us to maximize funds and make our programs stronger for the clients we serve."
Valley Village and The Village Family Services will be hosting the event with the help of the Chatsworth Chiefs, a local cross country track and field training group. As participants register, they will be able to create teams on behalf of either organization to raise additional funds. Sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, Daily News, Metro, Fleet Feet Sports in Encino, Santa Clarita Running Company and the Bobby Sherman Volunteer EMT Foundation.
About Village Family Services:
The Village Family Services protects children from abuse, preserves families and build a stronger, safer community for all. The agency provides supportive programs and services such as mental health counseling, foster care services and a drop-in center for at-risk and homeless youth. The Village Family Services is Southern California's leading bilingual family wellness agency that provides a comprehensive range of services to achieve permanency and safety for neglected and abused children and youth.
About Valley Village:
Valley Village works to protect, foster, develop and advance the rights and interests of people with developmental disabilities. They provide day programs, semi-independent condominiums, family style homes and nursing homes across the San Fernando Valley that serves nearly 400 men and women.