Saturday’s walk to benefit ministry’s food pantry

Sue Guinn Legg • Sep 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM

The Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association will host the third annual Hunger Walk for its food pantry at Persimmon Ridge Park Saturday morning in downtown Jonesborough.The walk will begin at 9 at Central Christian Church at the intersection of Fox and Main streets and proceed along Main to Jonesborough United Methodist Church. JAMA volunteers will be providing fresh fruit, bottled water and blood-pressure checks under a tent at the Methodist church. Canned goods will be collected at both churches.Those who wish to join in the walk are encouraged to pick up a sponsorship form at any Jonesborough area church or the Jonesborough Visitors Center. All donations will be used to assist 45 households, or an estimated 125 people, in the Jonesborough, Telford and Limestone communities who depend on supplemental food distributed by the pantry every month.With the Jonesborough Farmers Market and downtown merchants biannual yard sale both in progress on Saturday, JAMA is hoping for a good turnout. Susan Gibson at Central Christian said the walk has raised about $9,000 for the pantry over the past two years. This year organizers are taking a more casual approach to the fundraising. Rather than seeking per lap sponsorships, walkers are asking their friends and neighbors to chip in a flat donation. Numerous area businesses have signed on as Hunger Walk sponsors and others are invited to join them.For more information about the walk or how to help the pantry, call Central Christian Church at 753-3411.Volunteers for the United Way of Washington County will be collecting donations for this year’s $1.7 million fall fundraising campaign Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at five of Johnson City’s busiest intersections.Members of the United Way’s board of directors and the campaign team, along with representatives of the 17 local nonprofit service agencies the campaign supports, will be at the corners of Sunset Drive and Sundale Road, North Roan Street and Mountcastle Drive, West Walnut Street and University Parkway, Legion Street and East State of Franklin Road, and Knob Creek Road and West Market Street. Look for them in their bright orange safety vests with the United Way logo.Donations dropped into their collection buckets will help children, adults and seniors served by Adult Day Services, American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee, Arc of Washington County, Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County, Coalition for Kids, Contact Ministries, Family Promise (Interfaith Hospitality Network) of Greater Johnson City, Frontier Health children and youth programs, the Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachia, Girls Inc. of Johnson City/Washington County, the Johnson City Schools Shoe Fund, Keystone Dental Care, Personal Support Services, the Salvation Army of Johnson City, the Sequoyah Council of Boy Scouts, the United Way’s Volunteer Center and the Washington County Schools Food, Shoe and Clothing Fund.The campaign kicked off Aug. 22 with nearly $570,000 already pledged by area companies, organizations and individuals who donate early, leaving just more than $1.2 million to go to reach their goal.For more information about the campaign, call Lester Lattany at 282-5682The Summit Store, the used office and household furniture warehouse located behind the Summit Leadership Foundation’s offices at 3104 Hanover Road, will conduct a sale to raise funds for the foundation and awareness of its resources Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Located off North State of Franklin Road between West Oakland Avenue and Mountain View Road, the store has been around since the foundation began work more than 10 years ago and is now attempting to raise awareness of its presence for those in the community who could benefit from its good, used, “priced to move” merchandise.Proceeds from the store are used by Summit Leadership to facilitate the work and forge working partnerships with dozens of local and international ministries and nonprofit service agencies, including several local organizations that have gotten their start under its nonprofit umbrella.In addition to raising funds for the foundation, the store’s goods routinely go out to start-up nonprofit organizations and families who have lost their possessions to house fires or other disasters. Its inventory includes gently used desks and chairs, sofas, dinette sets, household and office accessories, books and more.Donated items and volunteers are always welcome. For more information visit The Summit Store page on Facebook or call Charis Endicott, director of The Summit Store, at 283-7557.If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.

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