Annual Poverty Awareness Marathon

The Center for Community Engagement would like to invite you to the Annual Poverty Awareness Marathon, being held this Friday, September 25 from 7 a.m. until noon at the Student Center Patio. The marathon is a continuation of Professor Charlie Chatterton’s initiative,” Taking Strides to ‘Brake’ the Cycle of Poverty.”  The running course will start outside of the Student Center, with each lap covering 1.2 miles. The full marathon is 26.5 miles, but you can run or walk the entire 26.5 miles or join in or leave as your schedule allows.

Walkers and Runners can register through the CCE Website at the 2015 Poverty Awareness Marathon registration page. In order to participate, you are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item which is collected at the starting point.

Other ways to support this effort:

  • Donate nonperishable food. A food drive will be held to support the local Covenant Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. In addition to items brought to the marathon, collection boxes will be placed in the second floor of Wood Support Services in the Housing office, the SGA room in the Student Center and the Center for Community Engagement.
  • Volunteer to read to children. You can volunteer and read to children at the Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC). Interested individuals can contact Niloufar Rezai at or sign up at the Poverty Awareness Marathon.
  • Donate a children’s book. Children’s books will be collected to be donated to local children’s programs.
  • Donate Shoes. Prof. Anita Lee from the Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education is leading a drive for clean and wearable shoes to benefit people in developing countries and reduce landfill in Connecticut.
  • Make a cash donation. All proceeds will go to the Covenant Soup Kitchen.