RTN Walk Home 2016 raising funds for homeless teens and families
WALTHAM, MA (May 6, 2016) — RTN Federal Credit Union and the RTN GoodWorks Foundation are raising funds to benefit the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless during their 6th annual Walk Home on Sunday, June 12. The 5K Walk will take place in Dorchester, Waltham and Danvers at 10 am, rain or shine.
“People don’t like to think about homelessness because it makes them uncomfortable or they’re afraid it could happen to them,” says Nicole James, Senior Vice President, RTN Federal Credit Union. “Walk Home is a great way to get involved and help the thousands of teens and families experiencing homelessness.”
Since its inception, Walk Home has raised more than $116,000 for the Coalition’s efforts to prevent homelessness, target and provide direct services, and support legislative advocacy. With the funds raised, the Coalition ensured that 268 children received a bed of their own through A Bed for Every Child; 2,800 unaccompanied youth had T-shirts to wear through the Teen Closet, and 500 unaccompanied youth had sweatshirts to wear through the Teen Closet.
Walk Home is RTN’s largest fundraising and community effort of the year.
Currently, there are an estimated 6,000 unaccompanied homeless youth in Massachusetts, living outside the custody of a parent or guardian. “That number is even higher because it doesn’t take into account kids who have dropped out of school,” says Robyn Frost, the Coalition’s Executive Director. “Community initiatives like Walk Home are vital in helping us reach these kids and provide the services they need.”
Funds raised from Walk Home help the Coalition’s community-based programs that depend on public support to be provided:
- A Bed for Every Child: For every $250 raised, a child will receive a new mattress, box spring, bed frame and linens.
- Teen Closet: A $10 donation will provide clothing and hygiene products for homeless high school students during school hours.
- Furniture Bank:Donations of furniture, small appliances and other household items help individuals transitioning out of homelessness into permanent housing.
“We are ever grateful to RTN Federal Credit Union for its commitment and support of our mission,” says Frost. “Together, we can make a real difference in eradicating poverty and homelessness in Massachusetts.”
About RTN Federal Credit Union
RTN is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative committed to helping members achieve financial well-being through quality products and personalized service. Founded in 1945, RTN is one of the largest credit unions in Massachusetts, with over $1 billion in assets, nearly 50,000 members and 18 branches. RTN Federal Credit Union serves more than 1,100 sponsor groups including two major employers in Massachusetts – Raytheon Company and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
About RTN GoodWorks Foundation
RTN GoodWorks Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, public charitable foundation that fosters financial wellness, and promotes financial literacy and community involvement. Founded in 2011, The RTN GoodWorks Foundation is a natural outgrowth of the Credit Union’s commitment to community activities and financial literacy as a key component of financial health.
About Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
The goal of the Massachusetts Coalition of the Homeless is to eradicate homeless through the development of innovative programming and realistic solutions. A pioneer in the arena of homelessness prevention, the Coalition is called upon by both state agencies and school districts to share knowledge and expertise.