Cook & Care on hold for 2014

Dear Friends:

For eighteen years the “Cook and Care” walk-a-thon has raised money for four important local agencies that provide essential services to some of the most disadvantaged people in the New Haven area. The agencies are:

  • FISH of Greater New Haven: The only agency that delivers free bags of groceries to those in food crisis
  • Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers: Provides at no cost, a wide variety of supportive services to elderly people including door through door escorted transportation to medical appointments, so that they may remain in their home and independent for as long as possible.
  • Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen: (DESK) Provides free food assistance in the form of free hot evening meals seven nights a week, free daily bagged lunches, a free weekly food & pet pantry and a weekly senior pantry.
  • Community Soup Kitchen: Provides free breakfast and lunch meals to anyone in need six days a week.

Unfortunately fundraising has become more difficult every year. We have been facing greater competition from national organizations that have advantages, including professional fundraisers, larger staffs, and better technology that we do not. We have had to remain in the trenches every day simply trying to fulfill our mission; doing all the things involved in operating a small business while dealing with the limitations imposed upon us of time, budget and staffing.

Since 1996, “Cook and Care” has been planned and organized by a small committee of volunteers and the money that has been raised is divided equally between the agencies. Every effort has been made to make certain that the event was as cost effective as possible. Thanks to volunteers, donations of food, music, maps, printing and web design have been secured. Volunteers had planned the route and posted signs to show the way.

In our eighteen year history the “Cook and Care” walk-a-thon has, thanks to your generosity, raised over $300,000. That Money has stayed in New Haven, and thanks to our sponsors, meant that 100% of your donation went directly to helping your neighbors.

The time has come to discern if our walk-a-thon is still practical. This fall we are planning a one year hiatus for the walk to reevaluate, in a timely and thoughtful manner, our fund raising strategies and consider alternatives. It has not been an easy decision for us since the walk has been a major part of our budget; but we have confidence that we will find other ways to raise the funds we need.

The spirit of the “Cook and Care” walk-a-thon has been one of a unique & local collaborative event that brings people together to support four essential New Haven area agencies. We thank you for your support through the years and we will keep you up to date as to our plans. Please watch our website for further details.

Sincerely,

David O’Sullivan, Community Soup Kitchen

Diana M. Richter, Ph.D.,  Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

Marsha Royster,  FISH of Greater New Haven

Kate Walton,  Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers Of Greater New Haven

We will continue to accept your donations through our website: www.cookandcarewalkathon.org

You may also send a donation in the enclosed envelope to:

Cook & Care,  311 Temple St.,  New Haven, CT 06511

THIS SUNDAY…Join us!!

Join US, Sunday October 20, 2013

Join US, Sunday October 20, 2013

Join us ..this Sunday!

First 200 walkers receive a FREE T-SHIRT!

GROUP REGISTRATION: This year there is no group registration. Each walker is $20.  If you have a group you might choose to use the walking papers to solicit donations through sponsors.  Walking Papers

Keith Koontz: Honorary Chair for 2013!

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Keith Kountz will again this year be the Honorary Chair for the Cook and Care Walk-a-thon.  This is Keith’s second year helping us out and we are very happy to have him be a part of this year’s C&C Walk-a-thon.

Keith Kountz has been a fixture at News 8 for more than two decades. He currently anchors News 8 at Noon and News 8 at 6pm with Ann Nyberg. Keith is a recipient of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences ‘Silver Circle’ award for 2010. Silver Circle members are honored for making an enduring contribution to the vitality of the television industry for more than 25 years. Keith began his career at WTNH as a general assignment reporter in 1987. He has served as morning and weekend anchor during his tenure at News Channel 8. He left WTNH in 1998 to work as an anchor in Jacksonville, Florida, but returned to News 8 two years later. Prior to coming to Connecticut, Keith worked as a reporter and anchor at television stations in South Carolina, Georgia and New York. Keith and his wife Dawn are the proud parents of two teenage daughters. Keith is has been actively involved in a number of community service organizations in the New Haven area. He has received more than 50 professional and community service awards.

Cook and Care Walk-a-thon hosted at Albertus Magnus College

 

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NEW VENUE!  Albertus Magnus College.

This years’s Cook n Care Walk-a-thon will stop and start at scenic Albertus Magnus College, 700 Prospect Street, New Haven.

A Catholic College in the Dominican Tradition, Albertus was founded in 1925. Today it has nearly 1,700 students enrolled in its traditional undergraduate program, accelerated undergraduate programs for working adults and graduate degree programs, including the only Master of Arts in Art Therapy degree in the state of Connecticut.

Details coming soon!