By Kathy Chouteau
The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program—familiarly known as GRIP—is bringing together people from all corners of the community for its 37th annual “Harmony Walk” on Sat., Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nicholl Park in Richmond.
Registered participation in the event supports GRIP’s work supporting approximately 15,000 homeless, hungry and low-income people annually on their road to self-sufficiency through services such as meals/basic needs, emergency shelter, housing and more.
The Harmony Walk’s launching point at Nicholl Park will include an event featuring food trucks—including burgers and sandwiches from Curbside Kitchen—live music from local performers, a raffle with prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants and Disneyland, fun activities for kids like a craft table and bounce house, vendor resource tables, speakers about housing work in Richmond and more.
GRIP said its fun run begins at 9:30 a.m. on the Nicholl Park lawn, while its speakers, raffle, and live musical performances will kick off at 11 a.m.
Although the event is free-to-attend, GRIP suggests registering as an attendee to enjoy the full experience that includes a Harmony Walk T-shirt, five raffle tickets and the opportunity to take part in the short “fun run” (or walk) to the GRIP shelter and back, which is approximately one mile round trip. Registered walkers/runners can also learn more about GRIP’s everyday work—while the first 100 people will score ice cream from Humphry Slocombe.
GRIP expressed gratitude for its lineup of Harmony Walk sponsors such as Chevron Richmond, J.P. Morgan Chase, Mechanics Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Sims Metal Management, East Bay MUD, M.A. Hayes Insurance, AC Transit, Curbside Kitchen, The San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay Ferry, the Contra Costa Labor Council and SOS Toilets.