Past Meetup

Walk a Mile for a Child Fun Day

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Eckerd is honored to present the[masked]nd Annual “Walk a Mile for a Child” event in recognition of the 2800 children served in the Hillsborough County foster care system. This event is intended to invite a concerned community member to walk a “mile” or run a “5K” on the behalf of each child. Yes; that means we need a minimum of 2,800 citizen to help “raise hope” for the children involved in our local foster care system

How we will LEND A HAND

We will potentially help with registration, cheering, water stations, food stations, set up, clean up, or wherever we're needed to make it a successful event!

Meet at volunteer check-in to meet each other and sign in with the organization to get final assignments.


We will plan to help with Parking and/or Course stations beginning at 6:30am. If you are interested in helping with something else, following are all of the needs:

5:30 a.m. - Set-Up/Clean-Up: Set-up volunteers need to arrive by 5:30 a.m. to assist with set-up, and those scheduled to clean up should remain until approximately 11:00. Volunteers can assume this role in addition to the others. 15 Volunteers are needed to set up/clean up, and can choose to come early or stay late.

5:30 a.m. - Registration: Registration volunteers must commit to arriving at 5:30 a.m. to set up the Registration for the event. They are expected to complete paperwork with registered runners/walkers, provide them with a tee-shirt, number, and courtesy bag and register and take payment from new participants. Currently need 6 additional volunteers. Registration volunteers can choose to leave once the walk begins but are welcome to stay. Adults are preferred and will need to attend a brief training prior to the event.

6:30 a.m. - Parking: Adult Parking volunteers are needed to guide participants to a designated parking area at the back of Lowry Park. We currently have space for 3 Volunteers. Parking Volunteers should arrive by 6:30 a.m.

6:30 a.m. - Course Volunteers: Course Volunteers should arrive by 6:30 a.m. and be prepared to set-up Water Stations along the course. Course Volunteers will provide water for runners & walkers, and general directions and assistance to participants as they proceed along the course. 20 adults, youth or children are needed along the course. Children must be with their parents or designated adult. Course volunteers should remain until the walk concludes. Please note if you have race timing experience.

What to bring:

• Please wear casual, comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes (you will be provided a volunteer t-shirt to wear)

• A warm smile!

• If you would like to donate more than your time, feel free to bring a donation or invite someone to register for the run!

Directions and Parking:

Click the link in the location above to see a map to the event location.

Other Important Information:

If you are bringing a guest, please provide his/her name in the comments.

This is a child-friendly event. You must monitor your child at all times, and be fully responsible for them. Please note if you will bring a child (and child's age) along with your RSVP.

Additional information about Lend a Hand events, such as RSVPing, bringing guests, waiting lists, and last-minute dropouts is located on the 'Terms of Membership' page, please familiarize yourself with our current policies and procedures:

Join us and open your heart to LEND A HAND!

Please consider this seriously before you RSVP, it is very important that we have an accurate count a couple of days in advance to provide to the organization. Last-minute drop-outs are difficult to replace and reflect badly on our organization.


How "Eckerd Community Alternatives" helps our community:

Founded in 1968, Eckerd Community Alternatives is a pioneering youth services organization dedicated to helping kids succeed. Through a full continuum of life-changing behavioral health and child welfare services nationwide, they’ve given much-needed second chances to nearly 150,000 children and families. Today, Eckerd is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit providers of services for youth at risk, and their families.

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