The 2021 CROP Walk will be Sunday, October 3. The 1-mile and 5-K walks will start and end at St. Joseph Village Church in Dexter. Bill Wade of Dexter UMC will be participating in his 40th CROP Walk and will be our Grand Marshall. 25% of the funds raised locally support the work of Faith In Action, in Chelsea and Dexter. You may join and/or donate at https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/team/dexter-united-methodist-church
The 2020 CROP Hunger Walk raised over $34,000 and had 170 walkers! Dexter UMC raised approximately $12,670. We had about 18 walkers: two walked in Chelsea, and all of the others walked wherever and whenever they chose. Ethel Samuelson walked to the end of her driveway and back, many many times. Barb Locks and her daughter visited Metroparks and Nature Preserves and donated $2.00/bird species sighted on each outing. Steve and Marci Bringardner walked in Ohio. We thank our friends and family for their support. The 2020 Walk was virtual, but the needs could not be more real. Thank you to all who walked, all who donated, all who helped in any way. Because of YOU, Church World Service can use our dollars to help feed hungry people locally through Faith in Action as well as nationally and globally.
If you know of an organization who would like to sponsor the 2021 CROP Walk, let your CROP Walk coordinator know.
Who does the CROP Hunger walk benefit?
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. The Chelsea/Dexter Area CROP Hunger Walk, an affiliate of CWS, has been held the first Sunday in October for the past 32 years. The walk alternates between Chelsea and Dexter.
Why We Participate in Crop Hunger Walk
Money raised by the more than 800 CROP Hunger Walks nationwide is used by CWS to provide food, medical care, disaster relief, and self-help development for needy people around the world. CWS works with people, helping them succeed. Funds raised are used to support building capacity and leadership of indigenous people to improve their own communities. While there is certainly need here in the US, half of the world’s population is struggling to survive on less than $18 a week. We are God’s Hands and Feet, ending hunger one step at a time, sharing our abundance to help bring food, water, and economic justice in this world.
A few statistics: 795 million people, or 10 percent of the world’s population, do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life; 1 out of every 6 children, 100 million in developing countries, is underweight; and 1 in 6 people in our world do not have access to water as clean as the water in our toilets. WHO estimates that 80 percent of all sickness in the world is attributable to unsafe water and sanitation.
What You Need to Know
All ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the Crop Hunger Walk. The Walk is family-friendly and pet-friendly. Participants donate as they wish, and often solicit donations from others. A few members of our congregation donate snacks and beverages for after the walk. For more information about the Dexter UMC involvement, contact Barbara Locks at , 734.646.1896. Or, Dexter/Chelsea participants may join and/or donate at Dexter/Chelsea Crop Walk. You can also visit Church World Service.