WORCESTER, Mass., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, Inc. announced today that it will continue its role as lead sponsor of the 28 th Annual Central Massachusetts Walk for the Homeless.
The popular community event raises funds for programs and services of the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance and is set to take place on Sunday, May 19 th. In addition to sponsoring the walk, dozens of The Hanover's employees are expected to run or walk the 3.1 mile course that day.
"CMHA is so appreciative to have The Hanover's leadership and support in our efforts to eliminate homelessness and assist those in need," said Ann Gibbons Smith, assistant executive director of CMHA. "We thank them for their commitment to building healthy neighborhoods, promoting educational opportunities and providing resources to build strong communities."This year, The Hanover's total contribution to the Central Mass Housing Alliance is $20,000, with $5,000 dedicated to the walk and $15,000 to support Youth Against Homelessness. Youth Against Homelessness is a grass-roots organization that is comprised of students from five area high schools, who come together to learn about the issue of homelessness, and organize themselves as advocates and volunteers in their communities "The Hanover and its employees are very proud to continue supporting the Central Mass Housing Alliance, a wonderful organization that is dedicated to address the deeply-rooted issues surrounding homelessness," said Jennifer Luisa, assistant vice president, corporate community relations at The Hanover. "Together, it feels good to be working toward a common goal, along with so many other local partners and collaborators, to make our community stronger, healthier and more vibrant." In addition to supporting Youth Against Homelessness, funds raised by the walk support several other designated programs and services of the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance. These include:
- The Donations Clearinghouse—run in partnership with Rotman's Furniture and the Carpet Store, this program provides furniture to families and individuals who have lost their homes and/or belongings and are struggling to start over
- Hope for Housing—this collaborative effort of the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance and the Interfaith Coalition to End Family Homelessness helps at-risk families remain in their homes
- Interfaith Hospitality Network—this Friendly House program helps homeless families stay off the street by utilizing faith-based buildings for temporary shelter
- Friendly House—this homeless shelter that provides a sanctuary, emergency help, food, medical care, after school and summer camp programs for children, day care, senior programs and counseling services to the Greater Worcester community
- St. John's Food for the Poor Program—located at St. John's Church on Temple Street in Worcester the organization serves as a place of refuge for some of the city's most impoverished people for the past 177 years. The mission of the church and its people is to provide sustenance and dignity to anyone who comes to their doors. The Hanover contributed $70,000 to the food program since its inception.